I was absolutely thrilled to read the “Dear Freshman Premed” letter saying that we should major in something that interests us, as opposed to what we think the entrance officers want us to have taken.
Starting with the end in mind (I want to be an MFM), here’s what I am planning to do:
- 2-3 years at Community College (quite simply because their hours work for me) - I will come out of it with an “AS Life Sciences”, and will have taken Bio I/II, Chem I/II, Physics I/II, Molecular Biology, and Calculus - all the pre-req’s for med school will be done, except organic chem.
- 3 years at a state university - this is where it gets tricky
a) BA in Philosophy/Applied Ethics - this is an area that has always fascinated me and I think it is an excellent background for someone who has to make (and deal with) potential life/death decisions, as well as provide guidance to patients while allowing them to make their own decisions
b) minor in Psychology - again, this has always been an interest of mine. I volunteered for years on a local (samaratin-type) hotline. The women (and their husbands/families) that I would be working with will be under a lot of stress. It would be nice to have a solid grounding to understand how they are thinking and know the tools to help teach them coping skills.
c)PreMed curriculum certification - completing the classes for the AS, plus taking Organic Chem and 2 other advanced Bio classes will put this notation on my transcript.
Choice to be made
d1) certificate in bio-chem - the AS in Life Sciences, plus the PreMed Cert will get me means that I only have to take BioChem I & II
d2) minor in Bio - again, AS Life Sciences, and PreMed Cert will get me almost all the way there. I’d only have 1 extra Bio class to take to get the minor in Bio.
d3)minor in Chem - Even if I did all of the above, I’d still have 3 really intensive Chem courses to take, which is not my thing.
Just reading through the above after writing it has helped me organize my thoughts. I don’t think that D3 is an option for me. Chemistry has never been my thing, and I would risk really hurting my grades taking those high-end classes, whereas I really enjoy Biology and while the classes are still really hard, I think that they’ll be fun.
But I think the rest of it would really help give me a good grounding in all areas, plus if I don’t get into med school, the philosophy/ethics degree will serve me well in the business world where I am now.
Anyone else doing something other than a Science major?