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    Havent taken many science courses, what kind of disadvantage do i have in med school?

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    I majored in the social sciences during undergrad and have only taken the required courses for medical school. My premed advisor had told me i needed to take many more classes, but I ignored her advice. Now I am wondering if i made a big mistake. What kind of disadvantage will I be at for classes like A & P, MCB, etc? I would venture to guess most students are bio or chem majors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akay00 View Post
    I majored in the social sciences during undergrad and have only taken the required courses for medical school. My premed advisor had told me i needed to take many more classes, but I ignored her advice. Now I am wondering if i made a big mistake. What kind of disadvantage will I be at for classes like A & P, MCB, etc? I would venture to guess most students are bio or chem majors.
    Maybe a very slightly disadvantage. If any. The volume and depth of information compared to undergrad is like comparing a kiddie pool to the ocean.

    Its the same reason why people say not to study before med school... in the end it won't make a difference. You'll be just as swamped and stressed as everyone else.
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    You will be at only a minimal disadvantage. Actually, some people who already had biochem did worse because they didn't think they had to study as much. I hadn't taken it before and I did better than most people.
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    I didn't take a single course other than the requirements. I did feel at a disadvantage during the 1st and 2nd semesters. However, after that everyone was in the same boat because few had learned the material covered after 2nd semester. Many people in my class even had masters degrees. Many people (not all) who did well 1st and 2nd semester because of prior knowledge struggled a lot more later on because they never learned how to study while relaxing 1st and 2nd semester and that bit them in the butt. I just finished basic sciences and don't regret not taking any extra science classes. It didn't cause me to fail any classes but kept me studying hard throughout. Like someone said, it's hard regardless. Best of luck!
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    I'm not sure how class rankings ended up in our class, but going into 5th semester, the #2 guy (out of ~200) was a business major before starting med school.
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    I agree with MD2013.

    I was an Architect before I started at AUC, and I struggled with the material at many points in the process. Some of the material proved more challenging than other material did. I did best in Anatomy, and in Dr. McIntosh's portions of the MCB curriculum. My average after first semester (this past semester) is around an 80.

    Everyone who I spoke to who was truly excelling at MCB and Histology were the ones that had a strong sciences background in undergrad. Don't be afraid to try and get help from these students if you are struggling. My average in MCB jumped 6-7% over one block period once I started studying with some students who had a stronger grasp of the material.

    Work hard, work efficiently, pace yourself and seek help if you are struggling.
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    IMO, you will only be at a disadvantage compared to students who already completed their masters in something like biochemistry, physiology, or pharmacology -- or to students who have already completed a DC or PA program. Apart from that, it shouldn't really make much difference.

    The real challenge with AUC courses is not the content, but the amount of material you have to study. Very few undergraduate science courses throw as much material at their students as you will get at AUC.
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    It will matter in the first semester (more so if you have a gap in schooling), but after that its all about you.

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    If you don't have any background in biology, it's going to be hard to keep up with the materials since you'll have to learn everything from the basics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by totsui View Post
    If you don't have any background in biology, it's going to be hard to keep up with the materials since you'll have to learn everything from the basics.
    Of course, this would be almost impossible as every med school I know of requires at least a year of bio with lab...
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