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What does pre-med exactly mean?

JibberlolJibberlol Posts: 90- Junior Member
edited July 2006 in Pre-Med Topics
what does pre-med exactly mean here?

Does it mean those programs that run for 7 years or something and at the end you get your MD (as opposed to college and then med school)

or does it simply mean "before going to medical school"?
Post edited by Jibberlol on

Replies to: What does pre-med exactly mean?

  • xjayzxjayz Posts: 1,654Registered User Senior Member
    Being pre-med just means you want to go to medical school and in order to do that, you have to fulfill the necessary prerequisites.
  • PearlPearl Posts: 754Registered User Member
    Colleges usually don't offer "pre-med" degrees - you are pre-med if you decide that you are and take the necessary undergraduate classes:
    One year Biology w/lab
    Two years Chemistry w/labs (inorganic and organic)
    One year Physics w/lab
    One year English

    also recommened:
    one - two semesters of Calculus

    Major in anything you want as long as you get in the above classes.

    Also pre-meds need to get clinical experience by shadowing doctors or working with patients.
    Volunteering is encouraged (doesn't have to be in a hospital - as long as you are working with the public)
    Research also encouraged (helping with research in a lab on campus or conducting your own).

    and, of course, pre-meds are preparing to take the MCAT - usually in their junior year, spring. (if they want to be accepted to medical school right after they graduate from a 4 year school).
  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Posts: 11,964Registered User Senior Member
    Being a premed is not a major, or a program, or a special type of school. You go to college, major in whatever you like, and take a few extra courses. Then you apply to medical school.

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