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  • Re: Poor GPA/ Moderately High ACT... how can I get some $$$ for college?

    A lot of the courses I need for admission to medical school fall under what I need for my Physics major,

    Not exactly. (My older D has a BS in physics. She went to med school and is now a doctor.)

    A physics major will only include 3 of the 15 required courses for med school admission--

    1 semester of college level math (Calc 1)
    2 semesters of intro physics w/labs

    NOT included in a physics degree:

    2 semesters gen chem w/labs
    2 semesters ochem w/labs
    1 semester biochem (some medical schools require biochem lab)
    1 semester math-based statistics or biostatistics
    2 semesters english composition or 2 semesters of writing intensive classes (like literature, history, philosophy,etc)
    2 semesters intro biology w/labs
    1 semester psychology
    1 semester sociology

    In addition, some medical schools have additional requirements for additional classes like medical ethics, genetics, human physiology, upper level social sciences or other specific courses.

    And I think you're confused about what medical schools mean by lab experience--they don't mean a lab class. They mean an independent research experience--which is not a routine part of a physics degree. And while physics research won't hurt you when it comes to applying to med school (D1 did medium energy particle physics research for 3 years); it won't help you either. It's a neutral factor.

  • Re: Double Major/Minor for Pre-Medical

    The OP isa rising high school freshman (aka still in 8th grade) and has no concept how college works. They seem to believe you can take classes ala carte at different schools just like you can do for some high schools.
  • Re: When should I take the MCAT?

    Whatever else you do, you should not take the MCAT until you've finished biochem. About 1/3 of the B/B (Biology and Biochemistry) section of the MCAT is devoted to biochem questions.

    Move biochem to junior year. Push ecology back to senior year. Take physics junior year.

    Take the MCAT spring of junior year after you've finished all your pre-req courses.

    Although it might be nice to have a dedicated block when you have nothing else going on to study for the MCAT, it really isn't necessary.
  • Re: Differentiating between URoch and CWRU


    Yes, you can do Take Five and still go to med school. D2's friend did so. (He was cog sci major and did his Take 5 in European history.)

    With Take 5 you'll apply to med school during your 5th year or after graduation. This is not necessarily "later than usual" since the average age of matriculating med students is 24.6 years old. Nowadays almost half of matriculating med student take one or more gap years after college graduation before applying to med school.

    Take 5 will not give you a better shot at med school admission. Med school admission is competitive. Stats and awards are only one part of it. Med school admission is a holistic process. You need the stats at a minimum, but you also need the ECs, experiences, LORs, strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills.
    And how well does URoch prepare premeds?

    A college doesn't prepare anyone to apply to med school. You prepare you to apply to med school. You need to take the classes & excel in them, study for and take the MCAT--and excel at it, You also need to amass the ECs and experiences needed by anyone who applies to med school. Where you go to college is just a small part of the whole picture.)

    (Hey, I've sent 2 of my own to med school and watched/advised more than dozen others on the same journey. One of mine graduated from a state U ranked in the USN 200s; the other from UR. Guess what? They both did fantastic in med school and matched into the competitive specialties and competitive residency programs they wanted. Med school is really all about you, what you achieve, what you do.)

    Will UR offer you the opportunities to prepare yourself to apply to med school? Yes, but so will nearly every other college in the country. There's nothing magic about what it takes to be a pre-med.
    3.4-3.5 at URoch is equivalent to ~3.75 when adcoms look at it...?

    This simply isn't true. Adcoms don't give extra GPA points to those graduating from certain schools. In the first place, adcoms are human beings and simply cannot be familiar with the grading policies of the 3000 or so colleges in the US. And secondly, the MCAT is the great equalizer when it comes to GPA.

    Your GPA is your GPA. You will not get special consideration simply because you attend College A.

  • Letter to a Young Female Physician


    Topic (imposter syndrome) applicable to both female and male physicians.