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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by DrJonesss, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. DrJonesss

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    Hey guys, new member, longtime lurker...

    My basic question is...how good will upper level (as in beyond pre-reqs) science courses look on an app?

    I've got a conditional acceptance to PCOM right now (gotta keep a 3.5 gpa and score an 8/8/8 mcat), and I'm done with pre-reqs once I finish orgo this spring. I've visited PCOM, and I genuinely love the school, its not just a backup plan. I could just sit back, take it easy, finish my graduation requirements (I'm a psych major), and keep inflating my cGPA with A's in psychology courses.

    I'm considering picking up a Biochem minor, though. Besides biochem, obviously, it includes Immunology and Genetics, and a few electives. I'm trying to shape up my application because I'm also looking at TCMC. It's close to home and would save me a fortune on housing, besides the fact that it's shaping up to be a great school. I just feel like I'm slacking because, no offense to anyone, I find the psychology major easy. At the same time, I'm already behind other psych majors because of the pre-reqs. I've looked at what I've got left, it's doable, but I'll have a full courseload every semester (18+ credits).
    So enough of me rambling...would it be worth it?
     
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  3. Bacchus

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    I reread and saw conditional this time. My advice still stands in that I'd recommend getting the PCOM acceptance. Don't worry about a minor because its not going to help you. You have a semester left, sail through it instead of trying to stay afloat.
     
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  4. tnig469

    tnig469 No more Kryptonite!
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    Being a psych major is slightly different I assume. If you have to finish you major and cannot really take anymore classes, I would not take any extra.

    The higher level science classes may help you later out in medical school, but you seem to be overly busy with 18+ credit hours every semester.

    Of course this is just me. If I were in your situation, I would finish my major and just relax....then let the pain come when med school starts!
     
  5. MilkmanAl

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    Yeah, I'd say a definite no to the minor. Pump your GPA up like crazy, and secure that acceptance.
     
  6. dec0y

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    word.
     
  7. p30doc

    p30doc Ever true and unwavering
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    Axe the minor idea, stick with what is working as far as keeping your GPA up. That is infinitely more important than what particular courses you have taken.
     
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    Congratulations on your acceptance. Don't jeopardize it by chancing a drop in GPA. While biochem or genetics work could help you with your work in medical school, it certainly isn't worth taking them if a bad grade or withdrawal could jeopardize your acceptance. One option would be to take one of these classes pass/fail for your own benefit. You certainly don't need to add any minors or anything like that. No one will ever look at your undergrad major/minor after med school. Get your BA, keep your GPA up, and in 4.5 years you will be a DO!

    Oh, and have a blast this last semester of college. Now is the time to have tons of great experiences, party, travel....you won't have the time next year, that's for sure.
     
  9. Bacchus

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    Good advice. However, if they are in the program that I am thinking of, I think credits are loaded on so that it won't be so easy, unfortunately.
     
  10. chewsnuffles

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    Yeah, you have your acceptance, finish school and party as hard as possible.

    Also, sit in on those classes as much as possible if you think you want to have a first pass at that info without jepordizing your GPA.

    The overall theme on SDN is minor's are useless and they can only drag down your GPA
     
  11. cbrons

    cbrons Ratatoskr! *Roar*
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    Sure it will, you get to go to PCOM and challenge Bacchus to multiple rounds of guitar hero ;)

    :thumbup:
     
  12. Bacchus

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    Medium only, thanks.
     
  13. DrJonesss

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    Thanks so much for all your help guys. I'm pretty sure that I'm not going to do it, it's not worth potentially jeopardizing things with PCOM. I liked the idea about just taking one or two in prep for med school, or doing pass/fail.
     

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