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premed req's before you apply

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by wgu, Aug 20, 2002.

  1. wgu

    wgu Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2002
    Hi everyone, this is going to be a question that's probably been asked before but...

    Do you have to finish all your premeds before applying? Can you save one or two classes for senior year or must you get them all done by the end of junior year?

    Thanks in advance
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  3. Street Philosopher

    Street Philosopher freebird 10+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2000
    ann arbor
    you can finish them later.
  4. pocwana

    pocwana MD/MBA candidate c/o 2008 7+ Year Member

    May 11, 2002
    the only commenting after street philosopher is because i know us sdners like several opinions, so:
    some schools have restrictions on exactly the number of prereqs you can complete after you apply but if you only have a couple, then you have nothing to worry about
  5. wgu

    wgu Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2002
    sweet, thanks guys
  6. gower

    gower 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 14, 2000
    New York
    There are two kinds of answers to such a question.

    1 The "legal" answer is the one offered corrrectly by the previous responders.

    2 The "common sense" answer. If you have a beautiful A record in the sciences, it is to be expected that will continue into the senior year, but there is no way to guarantee that. Depending on what your record looks looks like, it may ot may not be safe to postpone those courses until your senior year. If you are taking only the minimum science requirements, you may be running some risk of not being looked at early.

    Other considerations:

    a By not finishing the requirements until your senior year you might leave the impression that you have little confidence in your ability to earn competitive grades.

    b You cannot be sure of the future. If something unexpected happens, and you don't finish the required courses before medical school classes begin (on the assumption that you will have an acceptance), your acceptance will be rescinded.

    c If because of the late finish, you end up on a wait-list, there is no guarantee that will morph into an acceptance.

    d Where you attend college might make some difference, as will the quality of your recommendations.

    You must decide on the risk/benefit ratio.

    If you have a premedical advisor, consult her/him.
  7. jot


    moreover - it would be slightly more difficult to take the mcats without some pre-med courses - but if you're talkin about something like biochem which is a requirement at some schools, then don't worry about it.

  8. Street Philosopher

    Street Philosopher freebird 10+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2000
    ann arbor
    gower just gave great advice.
  9. Mutterkuchen

    Mutterkuchen Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2001
    Jot is right. Don't jeoparidize missing something on the MCAT by taking the prereq class later. Some upper level bio course, calculus or Englich can wait, but not the intro bio, gen chem, physics, and o-chem.

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