A medical career remains in high regard among the public. There is great respect for the dedication and effort it takes to become a competent physician, and that esteem is a source of attraction to people who enter the profession.
When this is the career path you’ve chosen, you must first navigate through your undergraduate life. Critical to that journey is your choice of major, and its relevance to your ultimate goal of medical practice. While there’s a school of thought that suggests an undergraduate major unrelated to medicine shows that a student is well-rounded, the fact remains that no other major carries the same assurance that you’ll be ready for medical school when you finish. Here are several factors that make the premed program preferably to a foray into some other territory.

Covering The Classes

Sure, a major in theater could do wonders for your bedside manner, but it will also drag you through quite a few credits with no direct pertinence to medical school. A premed curriculum has been designed just for students like you. It has been put together by experienced professors and students who are making every effort to ensure that you know everything you’ll need once you embark on a medical school adventure. The logistics of your coursework will be easier as well. Can you really go out of town for two days to do a wildlife survey when your physics exam will be the day after your return? Stick with classes that are going where you’re going and you’ll avoid this potentially costly collision of worlds.

Preparing You For The MCAT

It takes more than just the prerequisite courses to get into medical school. You also need a good score on the Medical College Admission Test. The MCAT is to medical school what the ACT is to college. It’s the key that unlocks the door to you. And to do well on the MCAT, you should approach it the same way you approached the ACT: you took relevant classes and reviewed your skill levels, long before taking the actual test. Barronstestprep.com prepares students for the MCAT by evaluating their abilities and then helping them to improve on their weaknesses. But that takes time, and if you’re deep into your senior year before you start thinking about the MCAT, there’s not enough time to catch you up. For the MCAT, it’s the same. Getting five or six semesters of an unrelated major before you start trying to figure out your chances on the MCAT is a recipe for disaster. Instead, you must make sure that your course of undergraduate study will cover as much MCAT ground as possible. The way to do that? Majoring in pre-med.

Timely Completion

All those hours and assignments on Shakespeare will devour time and semesters that would be better spent on organic chemistry and microbiology. Enrolling in an unrelated program will increase the chance that you’ll be beyond four years by the time you finish what is essentially a double major. Premed doesn’t contain extraneous hours that will bog you down in your quest for a white coat. It covers everything you need and then gets you out the door and headed toward your career.

Learning The Culture

Nothing could be quite as dreadful as getting admitted to medical school and discovering that you really feel out of place. The overwhelming sensation of being in a room full of utter strangers on the first day can take a toll on you. They’re talking about things you haven’t done, using terms you’ve never heard, and clearly will succeed while you fail miserably. How did they get so prepared? Most likely, they were premed classmates, and they’ve reached this destination together, living a shared mindset and goals. To be in their school of fish–and keep from being the fish out of water–you are best served to major in premed yourself. Although you can end up sharing their stress as the MCAT and applications loom over your circle of friends, it’s far better than going it alone and working through the process with no one to advise you.