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will medical schools require more prerequisites?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by TheDarkNeuron, Sep 24, 2014.

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  1. TheDarkNeuron


    Aug 22, 2014
    Now that the mcat is changing, I am wondering if medical schools will require additional pre reqs in biochem psych and sociology? I am a senior and this is my last semester, I haven't taken sociology
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  3. AlteredScale

    AlteredScale SDN Moderator 2+ Year Member

    May 10, 2013
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    More than likely some schools will.
  4. Goro

    Goro Probationary Status 5+ Year Member

    That bus is indeed coming.

    My own school is making noise about having 2 years of Bio; there are already MD schools that require 1-2 courses in the Humanities.

    I personally think that biochem, cell bio or genetics should be a requirement.

  5. CUNYguy

    CUNYguy The City Kid 2+ Year Member

    May 11, 2014
    Either it was MUCOM or MSUCOM that got the ball rolling requiring Biochem, psych and socio. Not sure which other schools yet.

    Pretty sure someone (maybe @DoctorSynthesis) said that you can CLEP socio.

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  6. frosted_flake

    frosted_flake waaahmbulance attendant Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Are these not already required for undergrad Biology/Biochemistry majors? I have to take all three! :hungover:
  7. Goro

    Goro Probationary Status 5+ Year Member

    It depends upon the program. I've seen Bio majors with such odd Bio courses that it makes me wonder "what exactly did you major in, because this isn't Biology!?"

    Back in my day, my Bio program did not require Biochem or Cell Bio.

  8. GUH

    GUH Underdawg 5+ Year Member

    Jul 13, 2010
    Western US

    The historical trend has been clearly towards requiring an increasing number of specific courses as prerequisites. Just in the past few years, several DO schools have started to require biochem/genetics/humanities coursework. Pretty much anything to give the schools an easier way to weed out candidates.
    So my advice to future premeds is that you will not have much room to explore actual academic interests in college if you want even a chance to attend many medical schools. Just fit the cookie-cutter premed bio or biochem major stereotype and you'll be safe.
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  9. DocWinter

    DocWinter We're talking weed, people. 2+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2014
    Sweet home Alabama
    More than likely, biochem will be a requirement. If you need it for the MCAT, they schools will add that. It's already "strongly recommended" at many schools.
    I can see DO schools starting to strongly pull towards more humanities, social sciences etc as they try to differentiate from MD schools and create a highly sociable, relational doctor.

    Unfortunately, it just makes things more difficult for the average, normal mature being and they have to comply with even more regulations, while just another class in social sciences may or may not do anything to put some common sense in the young pre-med mind.
  10. Mad Jack

    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2013
    4th Dimension
    With the new MCAT, more focus on the humanities is going to be the norm.
  11. hallowmann

    hallowmann 5+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2012
    Actually, at this point many MD schools are planning to require Psych and Socio courses. It's not just a DO thing, it's a medicine thing, hence the change in MCAT.

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