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Better for MCAT: Micro or A&P??

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by AnnaB, Mar 19, 2002.

  1. AnnaB

    AnnaB Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    Hi All,

    Just wanted to get a few opinions. I'm practically done with the med school pre reqs (all the basics down). I'm taking the MCAT April 2003. This summer I can take either Microbiology or Anatomy and Physiology at my school. I'm interested in both---so which one do you think would help more on the MCAT??? Opinions anyone??
    Thanks, Anna
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  3. mpp

    mpp SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    Portland, OR
    Although I've never taken Microbiology, I feel that Anatomy & Physiology did help me out on the MCAT -- the phsyiology portion of the course that is. But the other thing that A&P did was get me really excited about the human body and all the neat things that go on there. So although I can't compare I would say that A&P is not a waste of time.
  4. AnnaA

    AnnaA Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    I took A&P before my MCATS. It helped me a lot. I am taking microbiology now, and it is a good class, but I don't think I would have done any better on my MCATs if I would have had micro last year. From one Anna to another, take A&P.
  5. Kadyra

    Kadyra Will drive for music. 7+ Year Member

    Nov 22, 2001
    Glendale, AZ
    Well I'm a veterinary science and microbiology double major. Or I was... I graduated last year. Anyway, vet science required A&P to graduate. Obviously micro required lots of micro <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> The prof doing A&P covered all the human anatomy and then went into some livestock stuff (which I hated), and he was about 80 years old and taught incorrect physiology. So if that class would have been better, I think it would have helped me more. Thank God for biochem for that! I love micro. But I honestly don't think it helped that much. I actually found a mistake on the MCAT BS section that had to do with micro. It didn't win me back any points because it was an obscure point and not covered in general bio classes anywhere (their words), but they don't have any questions like that on it anymore. Yay me!

    So yeah. Take A&P but only if the course is a good one. But take micro eventually. It is interesting. Of course I'm biased there <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
  6. Doc AdamK in 2006

    Doc AdamK in 2006 Now 2 year UB Med Doc 7+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2002
    Defintely Buffalo
    Your going to take just a summer course of A&P or micro. Your school doesn't offer an entire year of it like 3 credits one semester and 3 credits next semster.

    Jeez I would take micro in the summer and an entire year of A&P. I took a 8 credit course of just human physiology. It really helped come MCAT. In my princeton course the break down of biology showed that I got only 1 or 2 wrong ot of 25 each time.

    Good LucK

  7. laavp

    laavp Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2001
    DEFINTELY A PHYSIOLOGY CLASS! I took Physiology last semester ( got a B+ :) ) and I am so grateful every day that I took it. I take the MCAT in just 5 weeks and it has helped me with the Biology section of the MCAT. It may make a substantial difference for that portion of the MCAT. Try and see if you can also take Biochem. before med. school. I think that is more essential than Microbio. from what people tell me. Good luck!!!!!!!!!
  8. Detroit Mick

    Detroit Mick The Supinator 7+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Doc AdamK in 2006:
    Jeez I would take micro in the summer and an entire year of A&P.
    </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I agree! Take a full year of A&P if possible. If not, I'd definately take A&P over Micro for a summer course.
  9. drchris33

    drchris33 MSIV 7+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2002
    Grand Blanc, MI
    In my opinion, you should definitely have Micro. On my MCAT, I had alot of Microbiology and Genetics questions. I hadn't had much genetics, so I had some trouble with those. But as far as micro, I think I did pretty good. However, A & P is also very beneficial. I took Anatomy and Physiology separate, as it was required by my major. To me, you learn more that way. That is my recommendation. And before med school, take biochem; a lot of schools are starting to require it anyway, so you might as well learn the material now.

    Chris <img border="0" alt="[Pissy]" title="" src="graemlins/pissy.gif" />
  10. BB

    BB Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2002
    Anatomy and Physiology for sure! I would say (now this is only my opinion) but 30-35% of my Bio section was Physiology, or somehow related to Phsy. Another 40% was O-chem and the last 25-30 was all the rest of the bio stuff (genetics, micro, evol. bio etc...) However, every test is a little different.

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