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Am I crazy?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by ROCKet_gurly, May 10, 2002.

  1. ROCKet_gurly

    ROCKet_gurly Member 7+ Year Member

    I don't know about anyone else but I'm really considering minoring in History or maybe Psychology. I guess I just want to prove that I know something other than Biology (which at this point isn't too convincing). I just finished my first year of pre-med. I want to know something other than Biology in depth. Did/are any of you do/doing this? Does it help on admission into med school (not that I really care, but that would be a bonus)? Thanks!
     
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  3. the odds of getting in with a history degree are just as good as with a chem or bio degree.. i saw the statistics once, sorry i don't remember where. but yeah, do it if you want to is the moral. don't just get a biochem major because you think you should.

    Incidentally, I have a psych bs and I'm accepted. lot of research experience tho.
     
  4. WaitingImpatiently

    WaitingImpatiently Long Member 7+ Year Member

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    Why would you be crazy to minor in something else? I double majored in Biology/Psychology, and while I don't know for sure if it helped me, almost all my interviewers asked me about it. What I'm saying is that they noticed it, which can only be a good thing.
     
  5. Pneumo

    Pneumo Member 7+ Year Member

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    I am studying economics along with Chemistry and Biology. I have always loved economics, and it just so happens that I have accumulated enough hours to get a minor. I don't know if it helps your chances for admission, but it certainly couldn't hurt.
     
  6. ROCKet_gurly

    ROCKet_gurly Member 7+ Year Member

    I guess I think it might be crazy because wouldn't it take more years to complete a double major? I don't know much about it, just kinda checking into things
     
  7. dr. momo

    dr. momo Member 7+ Year Member

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    you should definitely major in whatever interests you. as long as you show that you can do the bio too, then you'll be totally fine. i'm not really sure whether it's a bonus or not...some people i know were able to really work their majors to their advantage. i always felt like it was something that didn't help me because i couldn't talk about it with my interviewers (i'm a techie major), but who knows. i definitely think it helps if you can relate whatever you're studying to your interest in medicine. that seems to work well. :)
     
  8. deva

    deva Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    You don't need to major in a science. I am just finishing (YAY!!! - I'm graduating!!!) an Independent Major (created it myself) in Health Care in the U.S.: Policy, History, and Sociology.
     
  9. Doctora Foxy

    Doctora Foxy Meow 7+ Year Member

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    I'm a double major in Spanish and Latin American Studies. I am so glad I chose to switch out of the typical premed pattern. My majors were fun and I feel like I learned a lot about the world. I also think it helped me in the admissions process. At interviews, I often talked about various Latin American Studies topics, and I think it showed that I am a well rounded premed. :) Do what you love and adcoms will be happy. :D
     
  10. Coalboy

    Coalboy Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    I majored in Computer Science and have done fine. If anything, majoring in a non-pre-med field makes you stand out a bit.
     
  11. sairules

    sairules Junior Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Coalboy:
    <strong>I majored in Computer Science and have done fine. If anything, majoring in a non-pre-med field makes you stand out a bit.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">This is DEFINITELY true. The other day, while introducing the students, the prof in my Organic Chem class was going through everybody's major. I was the ONLY guy with CS as my major, and one other guy was CE. All the others were Moleculer and Microbiology. It really does stand out... and I'm sure they'll definitely ask about it during interviews...!
     
  12. vyc

    vyc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    man. that is the ONE regret that i have.
    i majored in biol chem and minored in english when i really should have majored in english!!
    why?
    bc it's my passion!!! i absolutely love it.

    as medical doctors, we'll be learning and dealing with science for the rest of our lives. so major in something else that you like!!
     
  13. TommyGunn04

    TommyGunn04 10+ Year Member

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    I agree with vyc. Doing something "non-sciency" as an undergrad is really important. You have your whole med school career to study science, so it's great to take advantage of your undergrad years to expand your horizons. I've taken lots of philosophy, and I ended up majoring in biomedical ethics, which for me meant taking lots of moral philosophy and applied ethics courses, which I absolutely loved. It's all about finding what you're really passionate about, and then diving into it! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     

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