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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by NewYorkDoc, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. NewYorkDoc

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    I have a problem. I failed bio 101 last semester, and Im taking it again now. The thing is, I dont want to do a bio major anymore. I want to switch to math. But, would it help me in the admissions process to stay a bio major and try to get A's in higher level bio courses? I hate labs and I'm just not interested much in biology.
     
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  3. Green Pirate

    Green Pirate Neurotic Neuro Enthusiast
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    couple things.

    1) major in whatever you want. there is no admissions benefit to doing a bio major

    2) think carefully about whether you want to do medicine, given your distaste for bio.
     
  4. Sondra

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    Do whatever you enjoy most that you can get the best grades in. If you prefer math, then do it and make sure that you make great grades. After finishing general biology, take an upper level biology class to show that you can handle the work.
     
  5. BigRedPremed

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    Whether or not you switch majors, you should still take upper div bio courses, especially in light of the fact you failed intro bio.

    This is also the time to decide whether medicine is right for you.
     
  6. Kingfish

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    I would at least take physiology (I think its the most interesting) and ace it to prove you can handle bio. I can also understand hating biology but still being interested in medicine, I am in the same boat. They may be related but they are two very different things.
     
  7. GuzzyRon

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    If your hatred of biology persists, your interest in medicine may not last too long.
     
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    because you dont like biology doesnt mean you would make a bad doctor. there are many correlations but biology is not the only route. i met many medical students with degrees in history, classics, and language(german etc.). I recommend you take some time aside to make sure that it is not a temporary, for lack of a better word, impulse. Then, after you get your degree, just take the necessary pre-reqs for med school.
     
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    Failing intro bio is a big red flag.
     
  10. SupergreenMnM

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    Welp, biology is one of the foundations for medicine, so if you don't like it now will you like taking many more, and more in depth biology classes later? While its fine if you don't like the tree hugging/turtle petting side of bio, I would be somwhat worried if I didn't like bio at all. Besides, there are many careers in healthcare that don't require you to have a thorough understanding of biology.

    I agree w/previous posts that you can change your major to math, just be sure to take an upper division bio class or two to 1) show you can do it and 2) show that you want to do it, it may be that you just had one bad experience, or it might be that your true interests are elsewhere.
     
  11. Mastac741

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    I think you're screwed if you want to go to a MD school. Intro to Bio is a piece of cake class - how are you going to do Ochem? There's a whole section on the MCAT called "Biological Sciences" - that's worth 1/3 of your MCAT score. If you suck that up too, it doesn't matter your grades, you're not getting in.

    Carribean? DO school? That's a possibility.
     
  12. pcguy2

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    You want to be a doctor but you hate bio... Hmmm...

    Are you sure you want to do this?
     
  13. NewYorkDoc

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    I just found out I received a C- in chem II. I have also receieved a C- in Chem I and a F in Bio I, retaking now with a C+. Would it hurt me if I stop doing pre-medical classes at my current college and just finish my majors (Spanish and Mathematics) and do a post bacc at Columbia? Lets assume I did very well at the Columbia post bacc. Or is it better for me to not give up and pull A's in the rest of my pre-med classes? I'm upset right now I thought I was ging to get a A- in chem II not a C-. Can you give me some advice? I don't know what to do.And if youre going to say "maybe med school isnt for you"...save it. I want do be a doctor, I just havent been as focused as I should be.
     
  14. Meatwad

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    I'd just graduate without taking anymore science classes. Now let's assume you graduate with a pretty lame gpa, and get all A's in a postbacc. This will work for you, because at least you can say "well, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life during my undergrad years. But after I graduated, I decided it was for me, did a postbacc, and look at me now."

    If you continue to take science classes now (Orgo/Bio/Physics), and do mediocre, you can't claim that wanting to be a doctor lit a flame under your ***. So in their eyes, you just can't hack the work. At least if you do a postbacc you can pretend you didn't want to be a doc until after graduation. Get it? I say just stop with science, ace every class to get your gpa up, then take the classes.
     
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    I agree with Zolar. Don't give up...not just yet. Focus on other subjects for now, your spanish and math and then do the postbacc and work your *** off... try that and see...

    All the best:thumbup:
     
  16. Law2Doc

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    Strongly agree with this. Don't dig the hole you are in any deeper. Some people become better science students later in life. Others simply don't have the discipline for those kinds of courses until further down the road, or need the kind of focus a few more years of maturity brings. I would suggest taking classes you enjoy and can do well at for the remainder of your undergrad and salvage what you can of your GPA. You can always try the sciences as a postbac later on when you are ready. Doesn't mean you will be ready immediately after college though, so also consider doing other things after college and coming back to it as a nontrad, with more in the EC department. Just a thought.
     
  17. Ms MD

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    Major in whatever you LIKE, and what you think you'll get the best GRADES in. Med schools favor higher GPAs. And maybe in a yr or two, take an upper level bio or science class and bust your ass in it to show them that you can handle the sciences -- it will help your situation.

    Also, med schools are looking for variety ... there are enough bio majors out there anyways...
     
  18. Dayfed

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    i have a problem, and its only persctiption is more cowbell!



    honestly, dude, do what you enjoy, dont worry terribly much on how it will look, because what you enjoy is what you will do well on. That being said, I sometimes have a problem when people say that they didn't do well in the class because they weren't interested. Now, to get into med school, or to do anything hard in life, you have to go through things you are not interested in. Now if you were just saying this in respect to not wanting to go into Biology, I can see that, but if you were saying that that was why you got an F, I see a problem in that. PS: Is it just me or are all introductory bio labs boring? One lab consisted of looking at how many species of grass were in a 1 meter square. How more boring can it get? At least you get to make cool colors, or make somewhat violent reactions in chemistry lab (not too violent, but you get what I mean).

    PPS: I too have thought from switching to a math major, but then I just decided on Neuroscience, my true love.
     
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    If you failed bio 101 you might want to think about something other than medicine.
     
  20. rmsgolfer

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    I was bio major my freshman year, hated it. Most of the Physiology and Anatomy classes were in the Health and Exercise Science major, so i switched. Its true, pick a major you are interested in. Good luck.
     

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