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is this a good plan?

BlndeGrl667BlndeGrl667 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
edited February 2006 in Pre-Med Topics
hi i'm planning on attending either the Univeristy of Rochester or Allegheny College. i will be entering as a pre-med student. i was wondering if majoring in Biology or Biochemistry and Psychology while minoring in Philosphy and Mathematics is a good plan for med school.
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Replies to: is this a good plan?

  • nikeswooshguynikeswooshguy Registered User Posts: 398 Member
    sure, why not. As long as you complete your prereqs for medschool, colleges like to see a well grounded background in the liberal arts.
  • ShrafShraf Registered User Posts: 2,400 Senior Member
    wait, so u want to double major in bio(chem) and psych while double minoring in philo and math? Is this sounding ridiculous to anyone else. I wish i could tell u go for it, but no, there is absolutely no way you can fit all that in. Pick a major, and if you can fit in one minor then do it...but noone double majors and double minors then goes on to med school...first of all this will kill ur gpa and you'll be doing alot of extra useless crap.
  • BlndeGrl667BlndeGrl667 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    my number one school has no required courses so i can fit a major in bio and psych and minor in philosphy and math with a few credits left over
  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Registered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    Minors are basically unimportant - I've never been asked about one and I've never heard of one mattering the least in any application process, including job-hunting.

    As for majors, I would say that there's only one thing you should look for:
    Be able to explain why you are majoring in that field.

    That's the crucial thing. Find a subject you are passionate about and be able to explain why you are passionate about it: do you find it important? Intellectually stimulating?

    This is why I'd usually recommend against premedical students being, say, basket-weaving majors; it is hard to convince a medical school that that is a useful area to study. I'm an economics major; I've been able to explain (I think compellingly) to people how that links to medicine, how that plays into my interests, and why it's important to the world at large.

    People will probably cut you some slack if you are a biology or chemistry major; they probably will not expect you to have a dynamic, interesting explanation for how that links to medicine.

    To be honest, there is no rush to declare a major. Give yourself a chance to take a class or two in each of the fields you might be interested in. (I had already taken at least one course in each of public policy, political science, economics, biology, and chemistry before I settled on a major.) I hope you have plenty of time and a lot of classes before you need to really choose.

    Find something you feel you can explain and defend enthusiastically when interviewed about it. Maybe that's psychology. Maybe it's biochemistry. Maybe it's something entirely different...

    ... but find something that you love, and something that will in some way make you a better doctor. If those instructions sound broad, it's because they are: take that freedom and use it fully.
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