Wayfaring MD

I am a family medicine resident who likes to highlight the hilarious in medicine as I write about patients, medical school, residency, medical missions, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

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Well, hi. I’m Sebastian and I’m looking to be in PC, Would you mind telling me the general pre-requirements for med-school and some other info I may need? - smansion

The bare minimum academic requirements:

  • Gen Chem 1&2
  • Intro Physics 1&2 (calc or trig based—requirements vary by school)
  • General Bio 1&2
  • Organic Chemistry 1&2
  • Math: many schools require at least pre-cal to take Chemistry or physics. Some med schools require at least Calc 1, some don’t. 
  • Biochemistry: usually Biochem 1 is highly recommended, but not required. Again, varies with school 
Psychology and Sociology may be required eventually (to prepare for new MCAT requirements). 

Extra Classes that may be helpful but aren’t required:

  • Biochem 1&2, Genetics, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics

Other “requirements” (I use the term loosely because these are really the extras that distinguish you from everyone else. You don’t have to have every single item): 

  • volunteering / service
  • healthcare experience / shadowing
  • letters of recommendation
  • MCAT
  • +/- research
  • active involvement in clubs / service organizations or leadership positions

Get started on the volunteering and shadowing experience as early as possible, so you can get lots of it in. You don’t want it to look like it was an afterthought. Also, it looks great to shadow a doc in the field you’re interested (though I suggest shadowing in a broad variety of specialties if you can), especially if you are interested in primary care. 

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