If premed isn't a science major, like bio/chem

<p>If I decided to major on business, not bio/chem in college and still want to enter a med school, would it be a disadvantage? </p>

<p>poorer research? other aspects? recommendation?</p>

<p>If you take all the required pre-med courses, maintain a high GPA, and score well on the MCAT, then I don't know why your admission chances would be very different than they are for Biology majors (or English majors) from the same school. </p>

<p>Keep in mind that the most selective colleges and universities generally don't offer undergraduate Business majors. Some members of some admission committees may have a bias against business majors, but if they admit English and History majors (as med schools do), I don't see why they shouldn't admit Business majors with equal stats. If internship and research experience is an issue, it's an issue for every other non-science major, too.</p>

<p>You may want to check out how many Business majors (vs. arts & science majors) have been accepted to med school from the schools you're considering.</p>

<p>Our premed advisor has told me in the past that a lot of medical schools in fact prefer non bio/chem majors just for the intellectual diversity it provides. As tk pointed out, there are a lot of humanities majors who go on to med school. Business will be fine, you'll just have to work a little harder to get those med school pre-requisites done. Some of our students take a year after they graduate and come back for what we call a Post-bac year to do the pre-reqs and study for the MCAT.</p>

<p>I know two women starting medical school this fall: one was an English major, the other psychology major. Both took med school required courses while undergraduates then both took a year off after graduation during which they studied for the MCATs. For medical school, it's all about your overall grades, science grades, and MCAT score. </p>

<p>And as lynxinsider says, yes, medical schools DO appreciate applicants with all kinds of academic backgrounds.</p>

<p>I went to med school with former French majors and Music majors. I went to med school with former firefighters, chefs and a guy who thought all he wanted to do was coach hs football. I majored in Zoology and History of Science because I wasn't sure when I started college what I wanted to do.</p>

<p>After med school, after residency, after being a Chief Resident, and after working as a pediatrician, I can tell you that some of the best physicians are those who took different and interesting paths to medicine. The I-wanted-to-be-a-doctor-since-I-was-born kids were often pretty boring, to be perfectly honest (and I married one of those!).</p>

<p>Just take the right pre-reqs and get yourself ready for the MCAT. Med schools will love you. Take your college years as a time to study all of the OTHER things you're interested in-- you'll be an interesting med school candidate and an interesting person!</p>