High School Student w/ Questions!

BaileyHull

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    First, I would like to apologize if this is in the wrong forum.

    Hi! My name is Bailey, and I am a Junior in high school.

    I have been searching around, trying to find out as much information as possible on becoming a surgeon. For the past 3-4 years I have been set on going in to a medical field. I have based my high school classes accordingly, and am preparing to the best of my ability for college. I just have a few questions and areas that I am confused about.

    Up until recently I have had no idea what college I would be going to or what I would be preparing to major in. After not much research I have decided that at this point I want to go to Indiana University to major in Biology, and go to medical school from there.

    What kind of majors are out there for medical students who are preparing for medical school?

    Is Indiana University (IU) a good option for this area of study? (I would like to stay within the state of Indiana)

    Is it more difficult to get into medical schools depending on what your major is?

    I appreciate any responses!

    Thanks!
     
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      First, I would like to apologize if this is in the wrong forum.

      Hi! My name is Bailey Hull, and I am a Junior in high school.

      I have been searching around, trying to find out as much information as possible on becoming a surgeon. For the past 3-4 years I have been set on going in to a medical field. I have based my high school classes accordingly, and am preparing to the best of my ability for college. I just have a few questions and areas that I am confused about.

      Up until recently I have had no idea what college I would be going to or what I would be preparing to major in. After not much research I have decided that at this point I want to go to Indiana University to major in Biology, and go to medical school from there.

      What kind of majors are out there for medical students who are preparing for medical school?

      Is Indiana University (IU) a good option for this area of study? (I would like to stay within the state of Indiana)

      Is it more difficult to get into medical schools depending on what your major is?

      I appreciate any responses!

      Thanks!

      All majors are out there for pre-meds.

      Yes, IU is fine.

      No, major doesn't matter.
       
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        I'm a Spanish Major. During an interview with some medical school admission counselors conducted by AAMC. An admission counselor said, "An admissions director at a prestigious medical school once told me that he could fill his entire entering class with 4.0s in biomedical engineering or entirely with Ph.D.s. This is exactly what makes admissions decisions so difficult-medical schools are trying to find a diverse body of students with various backgrounds and experiences; excellent grades are by no means your sole ticket to admission." "humanities majors have a statistically higher chance of getting in to medical school. We also addressed choosing extracurricular hobbies in order to cement your "unique individuality.""

        Take that how you will. They want diversity and personality. Sure you need to be smart, but there are two sides to the equation. I know a girl who has a 4.0 at my school. She has done research out her butt and has incredible recommendation letters. She applied to 5 MD programs and didn't get accepted to any of them. She has the personality of a drone. One counselor told her that she doesn't smile enough.

        Relax. Study hard, do well, laugh a little, and you'll be just fine.


        Yes, humanities majors have a statistically higher chance because there are less humanities majors applying. It's not because they are looked upon more favorably.
         

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          First, I would like to apologize if this is in the wrong forum.

          Hi! My name is Bailey, and I am a Junior in high school.

          I have been searching around, trying to find out as much information as possible on becoming a surgeon. For the past 3-4 years I have been set on going in to a medical field. I have based my high school classes accordingly, and am preparing to the best of my ability for college. I just have a few questions and areas that I am confused about.

          Up until recently I have had no idea what college I would be going to or what I would be preparing to major in. After not much research I have decided that at this point I want to go to Indiana University to major in Biology, and go to medical school from there.

          What kind of majors are out there for medical students who are preparing for medical school?

          Is Indiana University (IU) a good option for this area of study? (I would like to stay within the state of Indiana)

          Is it more difficult to get into medical schools depending on what your major is?

          I appreciate any responses!

          Thanks!

          1) Ideally, major in something you enjoy, so it'll be easier for you to study hard enough to get A's. Worst case scenario is, you change your mind about medicine, but you're at least majoring in something you like.

          2) If the major you want is overly difficult, major in something that will allow you get A's. If your favorite subject on earth is applied quantum physics in the fetal circulation, suck it up and major in psychology and murder your pre-reqs.

          3) Your major has NO bearing on your acceptance. Your GPA, however, does. 4.0 psych student with A prereqs > biochem major with 2.5 GPA.

          4) Go to an in-state school that will keep your debt as low as possible.
           

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            1) Ideally, major in something you enjoy, so it'll be easier for you to study hard enough to get A's. Worst case scenario is, you change your mind about medicine, but you're at least majoring in something you like.

            2) If the major you want is overly difficult, major in something that will allow you get A's. If your favorite subject on earth is applied quantum physics in the fetal circulation, suck it up and major in psychology and murder your pre-reqs.

            3) Your major has NO bearing on your acceptance. Your GPA, however, does. 4.0 psych student with A prereqs > biochem major with 2.5 GPA.

            4) Go to an in-state school that will keep your debt as low as possible.

            Good advice, OP, listen to this.

            If you like Biology then stick with it otherwise pick something else. Your state school is a good option so maximize scholarships and stay out of debt as much as possible.

            Make sure you find some good activities. You'll need to do about 50 hours of shadowing various types of doctors. You can do more if you want. Make sure you volunteer on a regular basis. Do a volunteer activity you actually enjoy and stick with it. Also find a way to get involved with some type of clinical activity. Ask around at your college, once you get there. Ask everyone you meet about clinical activities until you find a good one. Otherwise you might end up doing something boring and pointless just to check off a box on your app.
             
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