Should I stay an undergrad longer?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Mnemosyne, May 21, 2000.

  1. Mnemosyne

    Mnemosyne Junior Member

    May 3, 2000
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    I am a Junior but I just graduated from high school last Spring. I will be a senior after the fall semester and will be able to Graduate in 1-1/2 to 2 years.. in 3 years instead of 4. I was thinking of staying in an undergrad for the extra year though even though I'll be finished with my degree requirements. I was also considering going to graduate school before applying to medical school. I am taking some graduate courses this fall anyway... but they will be upper level restricted electives for my degree.
    So, which should I do?
    Graduate when I'm done or
    Stay an extra year?

    Will these choices have any negative effects on getting into med school?

    Also, I've heard that being a science especially biology related major can actually handicap you a little in the competition for med school. I'm Molecular and Microbiology but I was originally Music (piano) with a biology minor.

    Any help?

  2. Djanaba

    Djanaba Senior Member
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    May 4, 2000
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    If you can swing it financially and mentally, I'd advise you to stick in school.

    A big part of what med schools consider at the interview stage is maturity, and if you're younger than those you're competing against, a LOT more is expected of you. It sounds like academically you're doing great, and will likely do well on the MCAT... but what things are you interested in that you haven't explored yet? Is there anything you can take to make med school easier or to round you out academically, or as a person? I'd push for the extra year if you can do it, and make it as personally meaningful as you can.
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