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Hi all - I'm in the midst of preparing for the MCAT, and if all goes well, I'll start med school in Fall of 2006. I graduated from college in 2000, and have taken the pre-req classes part-time while I work full time. I'm done with the pre-req's <with the exception of a few labs I need to finish>. I'm wondering - would it be wise for me to take a few advanced Bio classes between now and when I start <assuming I get accepted, etc.>? I've heard first year med students say they wish they would have taken a course in anatomy, or a course in biochem - would this be valuable <I've never taken any bio past I & II>, or am I better served just relaxing and enjoying my free time while I have it?

If this has been discussed elsewhere on the forums, a link to that thread would be great. Thanks.
 

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If you're confident you'll get in w/o any additional courses you could certainly lay low...

That stated, I graduated w/ BS in BCHM and took an anatomy. If you've had NO biochem or anatomy they might actually help-especially when taken w/in a year of matriculation into medical school.


My personal feeling is they'll teach you everything you need to know so why bother?

Good luck.
 

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rwk66 said:
Hi all - I'm in the midst of preparing for the MCAT, and if all goes well, I'll start med school in Fall of 2006. I graduated from college in 2000, and have taken the pre-req classes part-time while I work full time. I'm done with the pre-req's <with the exception of a few labs I need to finish>. I'm wondering - would it be wise for me to take a few advanced Bio classes between now and when I start <assuming I get accepted, etc.>? I've heard first year med students say they wish they would have taken a course in anatomy, or a course in biochem - would this be valuable <I've never taken any bio past I & II>, or am I better served just relaxing and enjoying my free time while I have it?

If this has been discussed elsewhere on the forums, a link to that thread would be great. Thanks.
Since you are working full-time and taking pre-reqs at the same time, I would suggest just chilling out before med school! (this is assuming, of course, you do well on MCAT and get accepted :D )

I wish I weren't taking any classes right now--my motivation is so low :rolleyes:

Good luck :luck:

-tx
 
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Thanks for all of the advice! I think what I may do is get some anatomy and biochem books and study it on my own. That way I'll have some extra familiarity, but without the stress of a class. Now if I can only keep motivated to do it!!!
 

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rwk66 said:
Hi all - I'm in the midst of preparing for the MCAT, and if all goes well, I'll start med school in Fall of 2006. I graduated from college in 2000, and have taken the pre-req classes part-time while I work full time. I'm done with the pre-req's <with the exception of a few labs I need to finish>. I'm wondering - would it be wise for me to take a few advanced Bio classes between now and when I start <assuming I get accepted, etc.>? I've heard first year med students say they wish they would have taken a course in anatomy, or a course in biochem - would this be valuable <I've never taken any bio past I & II>, or am I better served just relaxing and enjoying my free time while I have it?

If this has been discussed elsewhere on the forums, a link to that thread would be great. Thanks.
I would advise against taking classes, unless you absolutely must. The amount of information you will learn won't help that greatly, because it is different information, albeit the same subject area, that you would learn in medical school.

If you must, however, take a course. I would recommend taking one course. The courses I would most recommend taking, IN THIS ORDER, are:

1. Human Physiology
2. Anatomy & Physiology
3. Histology
4. Biochemistry
5. Microbiology