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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by sejin8642, May 6, 2007.

  1. sejin8642

    sejin8642 5+ Year Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    I heard that med schools do not see prerequisite courses taken during summer session favorably. I am planning to take general physics 1(cal-based) during this summer and take the other two general physics (2&3, also cal-based) incoming semesters. how does that sound?

    BTW, my major is physics so I will be taking lots of physics classes during my junior and senior years.
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  3. Hershi

    Hershi 5+ Year Member

    Mar 27, 2007
    im taking physics I this summer as well. So Id like to know too. I actually emailed 3 admissions officers - they said it was okay as long as I didn't take every prereq during the summer.
  4. NervousNed

    NervousNed 2+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2006
    i haven't heard anything like that, i wouldnt worry too much whether or not to take classes in the summer...
  5. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection Physician Faculty SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Inside the tesseract
    I agree with NervousNed. You'll both be fine. Just be sure to work hard and get As. Learn the material thoroughly so you'll do well on the MCAT without having to teach it to yourself during a prep course, or on your own.
  6. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    It's not true and there was a thread on this in the past couple of weeks. Do a search.
  7. musiclink213

    musiclink213 My room is a mess 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2003
    New York
    I took the first semester of physics in the summer because I didn't have room for it during the year, and nobody said anything.
  8. scholj

    scholj Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    Worcester, MA
    I took Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 over the summer at a local state school. I managed to get 6 interviews and 2 acceptances. I didn't get into any places like Harvard or Hopkins, but an MD is an MD, and I didn't really have the stats for those schools anyway.

    I would say however that, if you are going to take pre-requisites over the summer, have a good reason. I am a double major, and I picked up the Biology major my sophomore year. I would have had to take Organic Chemistry during my junior year when I was taking Quantum Physics, Intermediate Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, and Thermodynamics. I didn't want to do that to myself, so I took Organic Chemistry over the summer. No one ever asked me about it at my interviews either.
  9. geogil

    geogil Still training. 7+ Year Member

    May 1, 2006
    I took summer classes for three years and had no adverse consequences. At my school you cover the same quantity and in the same depth, just faster. You have class longer in the day and more frequent assignments, but that's all. If you can hack calc based physics at a compressed speed, good for you!
  10. GuzzyRon

    GuzzyRon Son of the Son of Man 10+ Year Member

    Don't worry about about it. I took many prereqs during summer and not even once at any of my interviews did this issue come up.
  11. foofish

    foofish 7+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Well, at some places it can be true--my state school (UMass) flat-out says on its website "Q: May I take my required courses during the summer? A: It is preferable that required courses be taken during the regular academic year at a rigorous level at a four year college or university."

    That said, I imagine that, with schools that do care, it becomes a problem if you're taking a lot or most of your prereqs over the summer....i.e. it starts to look like you're trying to dodge difficult classes. One or two classes to fit your schedule shouldn't be a problem.
  12. SeminoleFan3

    SeminoleFan3 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    I took Gen Chem II over the summer at a community college. No problem here.
  13. swim2006

    swim2006 Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2005
    Since you are going to take more advanced physics classes the fact of taking intro during the summer won't matter.
  14. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    And yet I know someone from a summer class who is currently at that school.
  15. foofish

    foofish 7+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Right, which is why in the part of my post that you cut out, I said that I imagine that even schools that say they care only will make an issue of it if you take most/all of their prereqs over the summer, and that they won't care about one or two classes.

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