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Best Major to get into Medical School with

FencingSaxophoneFencingSaxophone 0 replies1 threads New Member
Hi,

I'm a high school senior who's been set on becoming a doctor since I was 8 years old. Throughout high school, I've been very into biology/chemistry, taking and excelling in Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and AP Biology. I know biology along with chemistry are both of the most generic majors that students apply with to Medical School. My question is what are good majors to apply to Medical School with? I am also very interested in Psychology.
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  • Eeyore123Eeyore123 1447 replies20 threads Senior Member
    The one that you like if you don't go to medical school.
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  • happy1happy1 22950 replies2261 threads Senior Member
    edited October 7
    The one you enjoy and can get the highest GPA with.
    (FWIW plenty of psych and neuropsych majors apply to med school.)
    edited October 7
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34491 replies382 threads Senior Member
    Any major, as long as you fulfill the med school requirements. Try to dig further, learn what it takes. It's more than the major.
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  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 10246 replies206 threads Senior Member
    edited October 7
    Any major can be a "good" major for a pre-med. Pick a major that you enjoy, that you can earn high grades in and provides the best Plan B career path.

    The last because more 60% of those who apply to medical school every year fail to get any acceptances. (and that doesn't even consider those who drop off the pre-med path sometime during their college years.)

    If you are asking which majors have the most overlap with require pre-med coursework--then biology, chemistry or biochemistry.
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  • AndorvwAndorvw 359 replies9 threads Member
    edited October 8
    Others had provided great advice to you.

    The best majors are the one you like/love AND you can get A's in it. There is no specific major that is favored by med school admission.

    That said, based on the med school admission stats, Bio/Chem/Biochem are the most common majors simply because the pre-med science requirements overlap with majority of those majors' requirements, not because they are the favored majors.

    Psych is a major that is generally considered as an easy-A major, which means they expect your GPA to be higher. For example, if you have the same 3.7 GPA in Psych major vs another applicant with 3.7 in Biochem, then the 3.7 Biochem wins because Biochem is considered very hard science major that is not easy to get A's.

    Your MCAT score is the 2nd most important factor after your GPA.

    All the EC's are easily accomplished during summers and/or gap year(s). DO NOT overload yourself during semesters causing damage to your GPA... and research is NOT that important unless you're shooting for the tops (in that case, your GPA needs to be in 3.9+ range).
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 78573 replies695 threads Senior Member
    Choose a major that:

    a. You like.
    b. You will get high grades in.
    c. Will help you with your post-graduation plans if you do not get into any medical school (which is the most likely outcome for pre-meds).
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