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Best path to get into med school?

dragon529dragon529 Posts: 16Registered User New Member
edited January 2006 in Johns Hopkins University
So what is the best/easiest/funnest way to get into a good med school? I got accepted to JHU in ED but didn't get admitted to BME so BME isn't really an option. Plus I heard BME is hard and I don't think I will want to do that. I heard biomolecular enginneering is pretty good? But everyone say biochem eng. is so common for the people who apply to med school that their chances of getting in are low... I heard humanities majors are getting more popular for med school? Someone guide me toward the light!
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Replies to: Best path to get into med school?

  • Shark_biteShark_bite Posts: 1,561Registered User Senior Member
    I once heard you can join med school from any major. I want to take spanish during college and then apply to med school. Im not sure if that is a good idea though. I'm also thinking about political science. I used to be extremelly into med school, but now im thinking law. I hear pre law from jhu is quite good, am i wrong? Also how difficult is BME to get into?
  • tanmantanman Posts: 2,642Registered User Senior Member
    Shark_bite is right - you can get into med school with a degree in almost anything. You should choose a major that you enjoy and can do well in. GPA is a big part in medical school admissions and you're probably more likely to get a higher GPA in a field that interests you than in something you choose simply because you think it will look better to med schools. I met with a admissions person for a couple med schools last summer and I remember them saying that two of the most interesting and strongest applicants were Archeology and Classics majors. As for the difficulty of getting into BME, Hopkins hasn't released any numbers, but suffice it to say it's not easy. AdmissionsDaniel might be able to answer that question a little better
  • Shark_biteShark_bite Posts: 1,561Registered User Senior Member
    Ok, i am a total n00b, but to get into med school, do you have to take some sort of test? i mean there is the MCAT right? is that before or after med school? i mean there is no purpose in it being before right? if you can take any classes how can there be a test in advance? what all is there needed to get into a top med school? thank you!
  • tanmantanman Posts: 2,642Registered User Senior Member
    Regardless of what major you choose, you still need to take certain pre-med requirements. These are in general, 1 year each of Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physics (with labs). Some med schools also require 18-24 hours of humanities, calculus and writing/english courses.

    The MCAT is taken before you apply to med school (similar to the SAT). It tests Biology, Chemistry, Orgo, Physics and English and people take it junior or senior year (As of right now, it's only offered twice a year, in August and April, but after August 2006, it will be changed to a computer-based test and will be offered 22 times a year)
  • SpikedsoymilkSpikedsoymilk Posts: 694Registered User Member
    Biochemistry is also highly recommended.
  • AdmissionsDanielAdmissionsDaniel Posts: 2,788College Rep Senior Member
    dragon529, you've been provided some excellent answers so far, and actually I have little to add.

    The most important point I will make is that at Hopkins we have a fantastic Office of Prehealth Advising that will assist you throughout your four years in preparing for Medical School and the all important medical school application process. They will guide you through the correct courses to take (there does exist a pre-med track) as well as show you all the statistics on medical school acceptances for the past few years. They will help debunk the myths and provide the best advice in getting internships, doing research, building your resume. And oh yeah, MCAT preparation is key too.

    In addition, Hopkins undergraduates benefit from the fact that Hopkins Medical is one of the most selective medical schools in the world -- and the Admissions committee at the medical school always provide our Prehealth Advisors with advice for the undergraduates.

    Also, there is a similar discussion taking place on the Hopkins message boards that I will refer you to:
    http://messageboard.chatuniversity.com/jhuboard/default.asp?action=9&read=26227&fid=786

    Cheers!
  • Shark_biteShark_bite Posts: 1,561Registered User Senior Member
    so if you do not major in science while you are in college, you might not do as well on the MCAT. somehow i dont think i can just read a pton review the weekend before the test (like i did for ap bio lol) it seems that to do well on the mcat you would need a of backround in bio, chem etc. If you do not major in a science, are you able to get away with lower mcat scores? i mean when colleges view the sat, they compare it to your backround. what do you think?
  • spe07spe07 Posts: 270Registered User Junior Member
    You will be able to do fine on the MCATs regardless of your major assuming that you have taken the prereqs for it. Majoring in bio/chem/something like that might help you a little but not that much, its not like the MCAT tests you on advanced bio/chem concept. You will definately not get away with a poor MCAT score if you major in a humanities. The MCATs hold too much weight in med school admissions for med schools to do that.
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