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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Magus, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Magus

    Magus 7+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2007

    I heard from various advisors that genetics is recommended by many med schools? I have only verified this by looking at U-M (michigan) Medical School's website (some genetics is recommended). What do you guys think? Helpful on the MCAT/in med school? required by any med schools? Thanks for any info.
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  3. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2005
    Right behind you
    There is a Genetics component to the MCAT. Depending on the version you get the day of the test, your test might be very heavy in Genetics (mine was!).

    It is a very interesting class and I would recommend taking it. Don't take the lab if you don't have to, though...but I just say that because most labs are time consuming and sort of a waste of time anyway.
  4. zippa

    zippa 7+ Year Member

    Mar 18, 2007
    Its not required by medical schools, but I found the class helpful and interesting. Plus it should make the genetics on the MCAT easy.
  5. HumbleMD

    HumbleMD hmmmm... 7+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    East Coast
    It's never explicity requried, but an upper Bio course is (you'll need 2 semesters of bio for almost all schools). Might as well kill 2 birds with one stone and make that upper bio a genetics course...
  6. mongrel

    mongrel Assoc. Prof. Dogsuit 5+ Year Member


    And... double ditto. I took molecular genetics and I'd definitely recommend it if you can fit it in. :thumbup:
  7. HumbleMD

    HumbleMD hmmmm... 7+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    East Coast
    It's a good class, but the blatant lies they teach you about replication, translation, and transcription, as well as the trite Lac Operon are somewhat frustrating if you're a biochemist...
  8. NickRiviera

    NickRiviera MS-Never 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    Springfield, IL
    I was hoping this thread was about giving up the path of medicine to be a genetic counselor. No such luck.
  9. scrubsaresexy

    scrubsaresexy 2+ Year Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    podunk, md
    Its part of the bio sequence at my school. Freshman year is Principles of Biology I and II and sophomore year is Genetics and Ecology and Evolution. I would think it would be a good class to take regardless, though, so you probably should just go ahead and take it.
  10. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    me too :(
  11. Tired Pigeon

    Tired Pigeon 7+ Year Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    I found it helpful for both the MCAT and med school genetics. FWIW, I understand genetics is gradually taking on a more prominent role on the MCAT at the expense of organic chemistry.
  12. Haemulon

    Haemulon Slippery When Wet Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    On SDN
    Yes!!!!! Genetic Counseling Rocks!!! :D long live Genetics! (may he rest in pieces, er ... I mean peace)
  13. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Boy OP, you really know how to reopen old wounds, don't you?

    I still miss the little guy . . .
  14. Vano

    Vano 7+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    If you're a bio major then you probably have to take it anyway, if not I still suggest you take it--an interesting class and helpful on MCAT, I've heard from multiple sources genetics becomes more and more prominent on MCAT these days, the one and only I took last yr had couple of gen. passages if I remember correctly. and take genetics lab it's fun, and not such a demanding class, at least it wasn't in my school.

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