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switching from allied health to premed

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Jim Henderson, Aug 23, 1999.

  1. Jim Henderson

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    Hello. I am a sophomore at Springfield College in Springfield, MA. My
    current major is athletic training. Springfield is a very competitive college
    for allied health studies. I had to go through two interviews in order to be
    accepted into the program. I job shadowed an athletic trainer near my
    town for six months and I thought I really enjoyed what the career had to
    offer. I am now in my second semester of field work. I have worked with
    some athletes on my own but still under the supervision of a certified
    athletic trainer. The end of January will mark my sixth month of working in
    the training room and observing the certified athletic trainers. I really enjoy
    the major; however, for the past couple of months I have felt like the major
    is not allowing me to do what I want. I feel like an athletic trainer is very
    limited as to what they can and can not do with an athlete. I just feel like I
    want to do more! I have recently begun to seriously look into medical
    school and into changing my major. However, I have just started to take
    physics of movement science and have only taken anatomy and physiology
    my freshman year on top of my athletic training courses. After reading
    through your website I realize that there are many courses I still have to
    take as prerequisites. I am torn between really loving the atmosphere of
    athletic training but also being dissatisfied with the limitations of an athletic
    trainer's job. I love the sciences and working with people. I enjoy the
    allied health fields and I am sure that there is something in this wide field
    that I would like to do. I am very interested in medical school but I also
    love the school that I am at now. On top of the eighteen credits I carried
    last semester, I also attended a practicum where I worked with different
    athletic team's injuries here at Springfield, six days a week, approximately
    four hours a day. My GPA is a 3.357/4.0. I also play softball for the
    college. Is this good enough that I could consider medical school? Could
    there be a way that I could stay here and take the courses needed for
    premed or, if i do take these courses, would it be considered premed and
    then I could apply to medical school? Would you suggest that I should
    look for a school that offers premed as Springfield does not. I am not
    quite sure what to do. I don't want to continue taking courses that are not
    necessary if I want to enter into medical school. I want to get started with
    my premed prerequisites; however, I also want to make sure that this is
    what I want to do. I am not quite sure if this is the address to send this type
    of email to but I am really confused and I am desperately reaching for any
    advice I can get. If there is someone who could give me any advice my
    email address is:
    Thank you very much for any help you can give me. I greatly appreciate it.
    Your website has also been a big help!
     
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  3. drhenderson

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    posted 08-15-1999 01:38 AM
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    Thanks for your letter! It sounds as though
    you have a good start on the whole process by thinking things through
    thoroughly. Your background in athletic training will be an advantage if you
    do go to medical school, especially in your anatomy courses.
    I think you have a very good chance at getting into medical school.
    However, it is all going to hinge on the grades you get in the prerequisite
    classes for medical school admission as well as your scores on the MCAT.
    Athletic training is fairly limited, compared to being a physician, but that is
    fine for some people. You will have many options if you go to medical
    school, but their is one field in which you would already have a head start:
    sports medicine. Sports medicine doctors are physicians that have generally
    completed either family practice, internal medicine, or orthopedic surgery
    residency and have done a fellowship in sports medicine. They do more
    than mend ankles and bones... they evaluate the heart, lungs, and other vital
    systems in athletes. It is a very interesting and growing field. The field is
    further described in the following book: Opportunities in Sports Medicine
    Careers (Vgm Opportunities Series)

    Anyway, that is just a thought. Right now you need to do the following:

    Know that you can get into medical school. You are not at any
    disadvantage.
    Take your prerequisite classes. Start studying for the MCAT right
    way... I suggest the following book:

    Kaplan MCAT Comprehensive Review 1998 with CD-ROM by Kaplan
    List Price: $60.00 Our Price: $48.00 You Save: $12.00 (20%)

    Work on getting letters of recommendation early... get them right
    after you take a class, while you are fresh in the professor's mind.
    Have him or her put your letter on file for when you need it.
    You do not have to go to a college that has "pre-med." Pre-med is
    not so much a major as it is a state of mind... you can major in
    anything and still go to medical school as long as you have the
    prerequisite courses such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, a year
    of chemistry, a year of biology, a year of physics, and often a
    semester of calculus.
    Have fun in college, too!

    I encourage you to read the "clinicals" section of the medical school page
    and choose "our experience" to see what med school is really like!

    Best wishes,


    Jim Henderson, MD

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    Jim Henderson, MD of Medicalstudent.net

     

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