CSU/Non-science majors and med school??

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  1. UrSexyLatinDr

    UrSexyLatinDr Single and looking =o)~

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    Ok, I was wondering what you guys thought of this:( Hispanic person) A double major in Psychology and Chicano Latin American Studies with a great GPA, Great EC's, Great MCAT and from a CSU( California State University)? Any chance on getting into med school? Do you think coming from a state school with a non-science major will decrease chances of not getting to med school?
     
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  3. Doctora Foxy

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    You will be fine. Majors don't matter. :p No te preocupes!
     
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    I think the only thing that could (possibly) hurt you is that you are at a CSU school. As I'm sure you know, the UC system pumps out premeds, and is considered a "better" education (in California anyway), whatever that means. Anyway, with your numbers as good as you say, that should not be too much of a problem.

    And like Foxy said, as long as you have the required classes, major doesn't really matter.
     
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    Hey what's up. We communicated via email. I also majored in Psych and like u know I also attended a CSU.

    Having attended a CSU will NOT keep you out. Grades and MCAT scores are more important than the school you attend.

    I got interviews at Stanford and UCSF comming from a CSU and there's another SDNer, Jessica, that attended a CSU and she's landed acceptances and interviews at places like Harvard, UCLA etc.

    It's important that you stand out by doing ECs that are not your typical premed experiences. Also, write a kick-ass PS and of course keep good grades and study for the MCAT like your life depends on it.

    Good luck
     
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    Hey Sexy Latin Doc -- I'm also at a CSU (about to graduate) and our acceptance rate into medical schools is very low. CSU's are not known for any kind of scientific successes, unlike the UC's, and are also aren't known... I'm also not a science major but I have finished all of the pre-reqs. I think that being a non-science major, especially in your case a double major, will be beneficial to you because you will stand out. I wish you the best of luck and make the CSU system proud!! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
  7. UrSexyLatinDr

    UrSexyLatinDr Single and looking =o)~

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    Thanks for your respones and Congrats you all of you who have been accepted, FELICIDADES JMejia, we have the same last name! :cool:
     
  8. Keith

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    UrSexyLatinDr-
    i sent you a private message. click on "my profile".
     
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    I think major really does not matter here as long as you have good numbers and extra activities. :)
     
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    If you are considered a URM (Mexican-American) you should have no problem getting into medical school. Medical schools are always actively seeking qualified URM's so if you have good GPA, EC's and MCAT you should be fine. Have you thought about doing some research? there are tons of summer programs out there to participate in. Good luck! Buena suerte!
     
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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 Monkeyrunner:
    <strong>I think the only thing that could (possibly) hurt you is that you are at a CSU school. As I'm sure you know, the UC system pumps out premeds, and is considered a "better" education (in California anyway), whatever that means. Anyway, with your numbers as good as you say, that should not be too much of a problem.

    And like Foxy said, as long as you have the required classes, major doesn't really matter.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Although being from a CSU does hurt you in California, my experience is that out-of-state schools don't particularly care. I was a non-science major at a CSU and a non-URM, and I interviewed at more than a dozen places (top-10 schools + several UCs). UCs did question the CSU education, whereas out-of-state schools either got CSU confused with UC or just basically asked me what I thought of my education. My honest answer to that is that the education I received is superb and benefited me greatly. I am confident about the quality of education I received, and I think this does come across in the interview. I and other students from my college got into many schools, so I think that as long as you have good stats + activities, and as long as you adamantly defend your choice of college (hopefully you are truthful in your defense) you should be fine.

    PM me if you have specific questions about schools. Good luck!
     
  12. Doctora Foxy

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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 efex101:
    <strong>If you are considered a URM (Mexican-American) you should have no problem getting into medical school. Medical schools are always actively seeking qualified URM's so if you have good GPA, EC's and MCAT you should be fine. Have you thought about doing some research? there are tons of summer programs out there to participate in. Good luck! Buena suerte!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I know that UrSexyLatinDr has done awesome clinical-type research involving migrant farmworkers' health. I have worked with that population as well, and I can say that it is such an interesting experience and will definitely help him get in if his interest shows through. Personally, Eduardo, I say you'll have no problem! Your application is really awesome and very unique. :)
     
  13. jmejia1

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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 efex101:
    <strong>If you are considered a URM (Mexican-American) you should have no problem getting into medical school. </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Sorry, efex101, it's not as easy as you think it is for a URM. Trust me, med schools are not bending over backwards to admit URMs as many think. I know cuz I've seen URMs with sub-par stats get rejected left and right.

    I don't want my classmates thinking the process was a breeze for me because I'm a URM.
     

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