MAR 10, 2020 • 7 min read
So you want to be a doctor? Well guess what, your track to saving lives may have to start sooner than you anticipated.
It’s common knowledge that as an undergrad in America, you can’t study medicine at every university, however, the pre-med track is an option at most universities countrywide. While you may not graduate with a bachelor's degree in ophthalmology, you will be equipped with the information needed to get into a top medical school and prove yourself as a competitive candidate.
Being “pre-med” requires you take a steady amount of core requirements through the duration of your college years. You can choose any major you’d like and still maintain these pre-med requirements. Generally, students interested pick majors in scientific fields including biology, chemistry, neurosciences, behavioural sciences and physics.
Students taking this track are often encouraged to take all prerequisite coursework required to get into med school. Each university has slightly different requirements, but in general most med schools expect you to have taken:
Remember that med schools are competitive, so doing the bare minimum is never enough to gain admission. Take the time during your undergraduate bachelor’s degree to get experience in the medical field, whether it be volunteering at a medical clinic or shadowing a doctor for a few weeks, getting hands on experience is crucial when applying to medical school. Many universities also require a minimum amount of clinical hours to even apply.
As noted above, pursuing an undergraduate degree (if it’s even available) in pre-med or any subject is definitely not enough to gain admission. Medical school, particularly in the US, is even more competitive than admission to the Ivy League.
We’ve compiled a list of the most common requirements from medical schools across the US.
BS/MD degrees are accelerated medical programs in which you apply and are locked in for medical school after your undergraduate degree (aka you don’t have to re-apply).
Some popular BS/MD Programs include:
Top medicine programs in the US & UK Below are a list of the best medical school programs across the US and UK. To read more about these amazing programs, read our blog on the top 10 best medical schools in the world.
If you are considering studying medicine down-under, check out this blog which highlights the best medical schools in Australia and New Zealand. If you are interested in pursuing the path to medical school, get in touch with the MedView team to learn more about how we can help.