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> Hi, I am a 13 year old girl and
I want to become a doctor. Can you please
> tell me what classed I'd need and the skills I'd need to
get into pre-med?
> I'd totally appericiate it. Thank you
------ reply 11/14/99
In high school you should take Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
a college it is important to investigate the quality of the premed
available. A good premed advisor can greatly improve your chances
admission to medical school. In college you can major in any
field you wish,
but you will need to take at least one year of Biology, two years
Chemistry, and one year of Physics. In most cases a year of English
required. During your college years you should seek out opportunities
gain first hand experience regarding the clinical aspects of
often evolves volunteer work at a hospital.
For more information you may wish to visit http://www.aamc.org.
> I am a 26 year old female "non-traditional" student
> medical school. I graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor's degree
> Technology from Southern Illinois University. I am both
> Radiologic Technologist and registered Magnetic Resonance
> technologist,cross-trained in CT, working full time in the
> I am in the early, gathering information stage. I have requested
> registration materials, etc. My question for you is as follows:
> I have extensive knowledge of anatomy/sectional anatomy,
> and procedures. However, in the radiologic science profession
> was not put on chemistry. I did take physics and biology
courses, and of
> course, general chemistry but did not know if those would
be enough to be
> considered for MS. Furthermore would these courses be enough
to help me on
> the MCAT? ( I would enroll in your couse were it not for
> inconvenience.) I am interested in the materials you say
one can buy to
> study independently. I know very little about this process
and do not know
> who to ask. Any suggestions you can give me would be greatly
> Thank you for your time,
------ reply 11/14/99
The MCAT science sections cover General Chemistry and Physics
Physical Sciences section, and Organic Chemistry and General
Biology on the
Biological Sciences section. With your background you may be
able to review
the relevant materials without the need for a course. I'd recommend
Comprehensive Review (by Kaplan) a 2000 edition is out, but the
ISBN # for
the 1999 edition is 0-684-85357-4 and is available in Barnes
and Noble. To
get a true feel for what the MCAT is really like I advise you
Practice Test II/Practice Items, and Practice Test III from
http://www.aamc.org, each sells for $20 + S&H. The 1999 Kaplan
for $60, the newer edition sells for $65. Since there really
difference between these books, feel free to buy the older version
find it. Good luck!
> Hi Rich:
> My daughter is in the Honors Program at a very competitive
university. She is
> a second year student majoring in English. Currently she
has a 3.9 math and
> science GPA and an overall GPA of 3.7. She is wrestling
this semester with
> organic chemistry. She feels that the Introductory Psych
course which she is
> taking as an elective, conflicts with her organic exams
and is pulling her
> down. She does not need this course to fulfill any part
of the core
> requirements since her social science requirement is covered
> Honors curriculum. Continuing as is, she feels she would
get a C in both these
> course. She feels she has a chance to pull the organic grade
up to a B if she
> drops Psych. Question is how does a "withdraw"
look to medical schools? Again,
> Psych is not her major and not part of her core requirement.
She need advise
> ASAP since the deadline for droping a course is coming up
> Thanks for your help.
------ reply 11/28/99
As long as she is still taking over 12 credit-hours (full
time status), and
does not make a habit of withdrawing from classes, it sounds
to withdraw from the Psych course.
> I'M 20 years old and i am just
starting my undrergraduate studies in pre-med.
> What advice can you give me to help send me in the right
> always wanted to be a doctor, and I know it's just a matter
of time. p.s. am I
> too old to start pre-med.
------ reply 11/28/99
Learn as much as you can about the process. Here's a good
place to start:
http://www.premed411.com. Check the on-line and on-paper resources
http://www.premed411.com/pages/pmr.html. Talk to knowledgeable
You are not even close to being to old. Good luck!
> Hi my name is Frank and I live
in Chicago. I graduated college in 1992 with a
> major in biology. I intend to take the April MCAT. I came
across your site
> and am interrupted in obtaining some guidance from you to
prepare for the
> exam. While I can't take your live course I would be interested
in paying you
> for some guidance into how to prepare for the exam and any
> you may provide. I do not want to take courses such as chaplain
since I heard
> negative remarks about them. If you are interested in setting
up some sort of
> help sessions please email me with any suggestions you might
have on preparing
> I anxiously await your reply
------ reply 11/28/99
I've receive several request similar to yours, but I have
never taken anyone
up on such an arrangement, principally because I feel that, short
of the use
of broadband, there really is no effective method to teach over
--including some very innovative distance learning techniques.
I am however
willing to listen to what you would expect to receive in the
guidance. If you are willing to except the limitations inherent
in such an
arrangement and are able to work effectively on you own, it is
we could work something out.
On the other hand you may find the guidance you seek at
> hi rich i have a question regarding
the amcas 'grades' form which they sent me
> weeks ago. on the form, i realized that Amcas did not convert/compute
> my narrative evaulation courses into grades nor the hours.
This means that i
> only have grades from the summer courses which i took at
> college and grades from post bac program. in terms of hours,
i only have 8.9
> hours (from community collges) compared to 28.0 hours from
> program. This means none of my undergraduate courses (all
based on narrative
> evaulations) were counted toward the GPA calculation and
the credit hours.
> i've tried to contact amcas but they denied my request.
Can you explain what
> is going on with the grading system that Amcas is using?
> Also, since i might consider re-applying next year, should
i just convert the
> narrative evaluation into grades according to my own judgement
> application? What is your advise on this perspective?
> sincerly yours,
------ reply 11/28/99
I'm not familiar with the AMCAS procedures regarding the courses
describe, but you should be able to find this information in
application materials. I strongly advise that you do NOT convert
narrative evaluation into grades.
> I took the MCAT in 94. How long
are the scores good for? My understanding
> back then was three years.
It varies from school to school. The oldest MCAT score accepted
school is listed in the Medical School Admission Requirements
available from the AAMC -- http://aamc.org. Most schools will
MCAT scores from 1994.
-----> Hi, I am not a student YET.
I have been out of high school since June of '94
> and completed 4 years of military service. Although my decision
to enter the
> medical profession is rather new, my impetus for wanting
to be a medical
> practitioner has been one I've romanticized for some time.
I will do whatever
> it takes to become a Physician and fullfill my need to help
others and learn.
> However, I do not know where to begin. SInce it has been
some time since I've
> been to school, should I try to go to a JC then a University,
or should I try
> going straight for a University. What special factors can
you think of that
> will apply to my situation? No, I'm not doing this on a
whim, I'm extremely
> serious. Thanks for your time,
As far as going to a junior college, first there is certainly
advantage to doing so, and it also may be a good way to reintroduce
into the academic environment. You should plan to take courses
chemistry and physics at a University though, since grades from
Universities are more respected than those from most community
these are subjects that will be more closely looked at. Since
Universities are more respected, there is an advantage to going
University right away, but based on what you have told me, I
you go to a community college first.
I'd advise you to try to find a community college with a strong
advising program. You should buy a copy of MSAR (See
http://www.premed411.com/home) and learn as much as you can from
it. It may
be tedious, but a good premed adviser can't do everything, and
need to be informed, so that you may be in a position to maximize
chances for admission.
Since you've been out of school for a while it makes good
sense not to
overtax yourself initially. You want to build up a solid foundation
knowledge and study skills before you take on the brutal semesters
will eventually need to take to prove you have the right stuff.
off slow -- save the harder courses for later -- and build up
a head of
While you should make yourself aware of the topics and style
of the MCAT,
your primary objective initially is to build up a solid foundation,
importantly to obtain a high GPA. Toward this end you should
scout out which
professors to take --it can make a BIG difference. You should
make an effort
to find the old tests and to use them to prepare for your classes.
frequently the student who works out the old exam questions does
than the student that does the assigned homework from the textbook.
should network with other students in order to find out more
professors and to obtain old tests. You may also wish to join
a premed club,
which besides helping you network, will often sponsor speakers
medical schools (this may not be available until you enter a
You sound very determined, that's important. Good luck!
Im a high school junior , I love medicine
and hope to go to med-school after
college , but I dont know what to do for college.I live in CT
and want to go
to a college their.The two colleges ive looked at are UCONN and
State.Southern CT is just what I want in a college; its not a
and it has a great pre-med staff.I can get a single room dorm
and the dorms
are quit , no parting allowed.But the problem is I dont know
if the college
is good enough for when I apply to med-school.Thats why I look
at UCONN; its
a nation wide known university , but its a huge party school
and thats not
what im looking for. My mother is a paramedic so ive talked to
this.They say it doesnt matter where you get your credits.That
just looks for the basic Chem and Bio credits , your MCATS ,
and that your
well rounded.So what I want to know is is this true.
No it is not true. Grades are evaluated based on the school
from which they
were obtained to prevent "grade inflation". In many
cases this is not a
significant variable, but it can be. GPA evaluation data for
is usually not necessary, but for smaller colleges most medical
independently create documents which help them to evaluate the
significance of a student's academic record.
> Hi ! I just recently found your
website and it has been very helpful. My
> question is this: are "science" gpas calculated
with only science course
> grades or with math grades as well? I am planning to apply
to medical school
> in June of 2000 and so now is when I pick apart my transcript!
I have two math
> grades that are satisfactory and I am worried about them
affecting my gpa. I
> have read conflicting info.. Anything you know about this
> appreciated. Thanks. Lauretta
Math is normally included as part of the science gpa.
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