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What undergrad classes make med school easier?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by Hedwig, Jan 14, 2002.

  1. Hedwig

    Hedwig Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    I was wondering if any of you current med students could tell me if, aside from the basic bio, chem, physics, orgo, if there are any extra science classes one should take as an undergraduate that will make medical school a little easier.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. drewdo

    drewdo Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Anything from the Biology department!! Eg. Genetics, microbiology, virology, etc..

    Of course you WILL get all of that in med school, so unless the schools you are applying to require special classes, spend your time taking classes that you think are fun and that will make you a well rounded person. You won't have the chance once med school begins.
     
  4. PhillyGirl

    PhillyGirl Member 10+ Year Member

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    Hiya. In my opinion, any advanced science class will make school easier - but only due to volume overload. See, they hit you with SO MUCH INFO, that if you are at all familiar with some of it, it helps and maybe you can spend more time on the things you didn't get the last time, or you'll just have more time to chill (which is nice when it happens). No matter what you already know, there's still more to know (unless, maybe, you have your PhD in a particular subject)

    On the other hand, if you prefer to learn everything as new, it might be easier to have never heard it (I am NOT this way - I like to learn things 3 or 4 times before I feel like I get it :) )

    Anyways, here's some courses that have made my life easier:
    Gross Anatomy (I had it in UG, with pro-sected cadavers)
    Anatomy and Physiology (I had lots of this)
    Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology (I am certain this will help next term)
    BIOCHEM, Cell Bio, Genetics

    And one class I wish I had taken - Immunology...

    Ok, so you say that I had a pretty rigorous undergrad science curriculum? yeah, I did, but I am soo thankful for it. I have watched some people struggle that didn't have this all before and I know that I am overloaded right now with new stuff (yeah immuno)

    I must admit, though, I do wish that I had squeezed in a couple of language or history courses that I will never have time to take now... So, if the science courses fit, take them. I wouldn't go out of my way to take them if I had to pay, though -- you'll be paying bigtime for it soon enough...

    It's all a toss up... Either way, Med school ain't easy (as my profs say)... Just do what you enjoy (I liked all of my classes...)

    Good luck. Sorry if I have confused you...

    BostonGirl
     
  5. bustinbooty

    bustinbooty Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    since most premeds don't have time to take many extra classes, you have to limit your choices to the one or two most valuable. If I could do undergrad again, I would have taken cell or micro bio. and genetics or immunology. God, would that be making my life easier right now. Maybe I should've taken one of those instead of ballroom dance. (which was a blast though). There is something to be said for "quality of life" in undergrad.
     
  6. Jeff698

    Jeff698 EM/EMS nerd 15+ Year Member

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  7. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

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    Here are some courses that I have taken, or are currently taking, in order to prepare myself for medical school next year. Many of these were also requirements or fulfilled requirements, and I chose them also because I knew that I would enjoy them...something that I think is VERY important when filling out your schedule.

    Anatomy and Physiology I & II
    Anatomy Laboratory
    Physiology I & II (far more advanced than A&P)
    Microbiology
    Genetics
    Hematology
    Immunobiology
    Biochemistry I & II

    Courses that I regret NOT taking:

    Cellular Biology


    JPH
     
  8. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

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    Here are some courses that I have taken, or are currently taking, in order to prepare myself for medical school next year. Many of these were also requirements or fulfilled requirements, and I chose them also because I knew that I would enjoy them...something that I think is VERY important when filling out your schedule.

    Anatomy and Physiology I & II
    Anatomy Laboratory
    Physiology I & II (far more advanced than A&P)
    Microbiology
    Genetics
    Hematology
    Immunobiology
    Biochemistry I & II

    Courses that I regret NOT taking:

    Cellular Biology


    JPH
     

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