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Top Undergrad Majors at the Best Medical Schools

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"... Premedical advisers say some top-ranked medical schools are more interested in applicants who not only have good metrics in science courses but have also taken non-science electives.

'Previously, medical schools were focused upon excellent preparation for biomedical sciences,' says Dr. McGreggor Crowley, an admissions counselor at the IvyWise admissions consulting firm who previously served on the Harvard Medical School admissions committee. 'Over the last 15 years or so, there has been more emphasis on balance, meaning that premedical students now need to focus on these foundational biological courses and on the humanities.'

Crowley says the shift is also reflected in the new MCAT, which now has a new subsection: Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior." ...

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  • bajammbajamm 1744 replies19 threads Senior Member
    As always, students should focus on getting the best grades/stats they can and have a major they can live and work with in case they do not go to med school for whatever reason.

    Full disclosure, my D is a 4th year med student with a Spanish major. She started with a science major because she thought that was what she should do. Then she decided a back up plan would be a good idea and a Spanish major fit that better than a science major did. She didn't take the Spanish major because she thought it would look good on an application, she did it because she had a back up plan that required fluency in Spanish.
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