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Dropping Medical Microbiology

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by MaximusD, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. MaximusD

    MaximusD Anatomically Incorrect
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    So...

    I'm in my second semester of senior year and I'm swamped.

    Here's my schedule:

    Medical Microbiology (3.0)
    General Biochemistry II (3.0)
    Physiology Lab (2.0)
    Writing in the Humanities (3.0)
    Abnormal Psychology (3.0)
    Child Psychopathology (3.0)

    Next week, I have 5 exams.

    I have an exam on Monday in Physio lab, because we are performing a hysterectomy on rats in the coming labs and we need to get a 80%+ to earn the right to do the procedure.

    Tuesday: I have a HUGE Biochem exam.

    Wednesday: Medical Microbiology AND Abnormal Psych AND paper due for physio lab.

    Thursday: Child Psychopath. exam.

    It seems like I am doing too much when this is my last semester of "freedom" before medical school.

    Would I somehow lose the ability to attend if I late-dropped from medical microbiology passing? I was taking it as an elective and I will still earn my BS in premed if I drop it.
     
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  3. Dr.Inviz

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    Pre-Med is now a major? That's news to me ...

    I say suck it up and study for them, or drop the class ... It won't make a lick of difference as long as you end up passing ...
     
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    Can you call CCOM and ask what they think, or would that be like signing your own death certificate?
     
  5. HunterGatherer

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    Some schools actually offer a Premed degree.

    acceptance into medical schools is contigent on successful completion of your classes and degree. Definitely call CCOM so you can sleep at night if you drop the class.

    I'm all for stress free last semesters.

     
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    Drop that class!, I've had the year off and it's been great. If you don't need it then drop it and take it easy in my opinion. I don't think a school could/would drop you over a class that is not required.
     
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    Double checking would be a good idea though!
     
  8. Dr.Inviz

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    I would have to say that a "Pre-Med" major is usually involved when referring to MD/BS or DO/BS programs ... other than that, it makes no sense to have a "pre-med" major being offered. If he's involved in some sort of program for CCOM, cool ... if not, I don't think that is a "Pre-Med" major/degree. Whatever though ... it's up to the OP to take it or not, 1 W won't hurt you if it doesn't count towards the "Pre-Med" major ...
     
  9. scpod

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    The Princeton Review has a list of 423 schools with a Pre-medicine major. Must not be all that uncommon.

    http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/majors/Schools.asp?majorID=226
     
  10. Eurocopter

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    I think what that list might be is a list of schools that place an emphisis on Pre-med. I say this because my school is listed and it does not have a "pre-med" degree per se. It does however offer both Biology and chemistry degrees that have a pre-med emphisis. Both of these degrees require 8semesters of "pre-med orientation" a lame 1 hour course where you mainly listen to speakers. Also the "pre-med" degrees don't require as many courses as the ACS chemistry degrees or the field biology degrees.
    BTW I would drop the class and not worry about it. I really don't think that they are going to keep you out because you droped a class that is not a pre-req or even required for your degree.
     
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  12. scpod

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    Actually, a BS in pre-medicine is not all as uncommon as you seem to think. Just try a simple google search for:

    bs pre-medicine

    Lot's of doctors with the degree to to found. Yes, it would be useless if you weren't going to med school, but so are most of your social science BS degrees as well. Not many BS degreed individuals in Psychology actually working in the field of Psychology, are there?
     
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    In response to the psychology major, I think one can do minimal counseling work in a school educational system. I think.

    Aside from that, I know here in TX, a master's in psych results in the ability to call oneself an "assistant psychologist," which allows you to work as a psychologist, UNDER a "real" psychologist.

    A doctoral degree is required to call yourself a full-fledged "psychologist," whether it be via PhD or PsyD.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, anyone. :p
     
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    Dump the med micro. Undergrad schools do a very poor job of teaching that material. This is coming from a dude who used to teach it and works as a clinical microbiologist in the hospital.
     
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    http://www.psichi.org/pubs/articles/article_50.asp

    This is from PSI CHI (for all the non-psychology buffs out there, the national honor society for psychology). On table two it lists what you can do with a B.S/B.A. in psychology.
     
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  17. scpod

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    Yes, but so many of those things don't really require a psychology degree at all. Even more telling is:

    "...the top 10 occupations that employ persons with only a bachelor's degree in psychology are:

    Top- and mid-level managers, executives, administrators
    Sales occupations, including retail
    Social workers
    Other management-related occupations
    Personnel, training, labor-relations specialists
    Other administrative (record clerks, telephone operators)
    Insurance, securities, real estate, business services
    Other marketing and sales occupations
    Registered nurses, pharmacists, therapists, physician assistants
    Accountants, auditors, other financial specialists...

    Most of those on the list don't even require a degree at all. The remainder require you to go on to further schooling. So, my point remains that very few people with a BA or BS in psychology do anything related to psychology. Still, my thrust was not to pick on psychology, but to point out that one poster claimed a BS in pre-medicine was silly and worthless (my words). A BS in a lot of fields are kind of silly because they don't mean much on their own, but that doesn't mean that people are going to stop getting them.
     
  18. froggiepremed

    froggiepremed not "Pre" any more

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    med school is going to be hard. Try and finish now, and you will be prepared for whats to come. If you can't do it now....

    however, if you are feeling some senioritis coming, i know how you feel
     
  19. Jamers

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    of course, you will still be someones bitch with a BS, true freedom doesn't begin until a masters and even then, not so much.
     

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