Philosophy for sure. I kinda regret not majoring in philosophy back in undergrad. The few philosophy courses I did take were incredibly insightful and valuable. Philosophy teaches you to read critically/analytically through various, often dry, philosophical essays. And philosophy gives you an opportunity to develop new forms of reasoning skills.
fight me irl,It doesn't matter as far as med school apps go. Pick whichever you like more. Psychology would technically be more useful since you'll have one section of the MCAT ready to go with minimal studying. I personally am not a fan of philosophy or the people who tend to major in it, lol.
Just do what you like more. I had one semester of psych years before I took the MCAT and did fine in that section. It's not hard to prep for. You would be best served taking classes you enjoy and can do well in, and later during interviews discuss with passion.
The psych req't and info needed can be satisfied with psych 101 or whatever it's called. No need to major in it. And likely for a philosophy major, psych 101 might fulfill some gen ed req't.See, everyone is saying "psychology cause MCAT," but, arguably, the psychology section as it stands now is one of the easiest sections to study for.
IMO, philosophy more readily lends itself to expansive, and often esoteric, ruminations about the human experience in all its facets, while psych is more narrowly constrained, at least in the inter and intra-personal sense. If it were me, I'd go with Philo, if for no other reason than a rigorous program would seem to be excellent training for complex decision-making.
Unless they go for a masters/doctorate, then there's plenty of jobs(psych wise)Psych is considered a 'soft' major by many AdComs and much of the professional world, whereas Philosophy will get you some respect. It'll also get you some derision because it's so blatantly unemployable... But seriously - do it anyway. Not like a psych major is good for anything other than Starbucks...
Philosophy is a FAR less employable field. They're the ones working in Starbucks (or in the case of my friends, servers at restaurants). Not saying psych is great like finance, computer science, or engineering, but at least there's options including grad school paths for it.Psych is considered a 'soft' major by many AdComs and much of the professional world, whereas Philosophy will get you some respect. It'll also get you some derision because it's so blatantly unemployable... But seriously - do it anyway. Not like a psych major is good for anything other than Starbucks...
I thought statistics was sufficiently taught in medical school.Ok so I'm studying both and I think both are great. However, from a scientific standpoint, I do think that Psychology gives you a really strong background in basic statistics and research methods that is invaluable in understanding any scientific discipline. Meanwhile, Philosophy gives you great ethical and critical thinking skills. Again, I don't think you can go wrong, but if you do major in Philosophy, I really hope you take some statistics and research methods classes in other departments if you want to do anything in the biomedical sciences as a doctor. I really think this should be compulsory for all university students since so many students seem absolutely ignorant as to what a clinical trial entails, what the scientific method looks like in practice, and all the ethical questions behind scientific research, all which have been covered in my Psychology classes.
This really is a stereotype and does not hold up according to actual data.Philosophy is a FAR less employable field. They're the ones working in Starbucks (or in the case of my friends, servers at restaurants). Not saying psych is great like finance, computer science, or engineering, but at least there's options including grad school paths for it.
Basically satisfying the criteria you listed. Medical students learning statistics to know how research works is obviously important. People who are just interested in medicine can pursue statistics if they want but there is no obligation for them to take it.I think this is highly dependent on your definition of "sufficient".
Interesting to know, was unaware of this.This really is a stereotype and does not hold up according to actual data.
The Labor Market for Recent College Graduates - FEDERAL RESERVE BANK of NEW YORK
This is a sheet from the New York Fed comparing national employment outcomes sorted by major. You'll see that philosophy majors out-compete psychology majors in literally every single category. The market is over-saturated with psychology majors, and as someone said previously, it's a very soft degree.
Philosophy provides great training for most professional careers, eg. business, law, medicine. Obviously you can't just study philosophy and expect to have companies throwing themselves at you trying to hire you, but there is no way that psychology can be considered the more inherently employable major.
Can you explain further what you mean by this, premeds at your school major in psych bc they didnt like the competitive vibes from the science majors?Unrelated, but at my school the psych department is kind of known for housing all the premeds who don't want to major in a science so the competitive vibes there are a huge detractor for people.
Psychology, for the benefit of your patients. Patients are unlikely to need a philosophical discussion but many of them will have mental health issues. Although a few classes in psychology will definitely not make you an expert!! you may improve your ability to provide treatment (eg effectively encourage treatment compliance ). Or recognize the need for a referral to a licensed psychologist (PhD) and/or a psychiatrist (MD).