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    what are you learning in med school and how rigorous is it REALLY?

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    i recently got ANOTHer C+ added to my transcript, im really upset about it. i hate UC Berkeley, they test on silly things which are annoying like the types of platyhelminthes, cnidarians, whatever else thats besides the point.

    ok so i really am wondering if i will be able to cut it in med school. my main concern is being able to thrive in med school. so im considering choosing another career or going into a post bacch, or a carrib med school if i really feel ready... so please help me decide and answer honestly,....

    how rigorous is med school? esp the big three (AUC, SGU, ROSS)?
    what is the information load like? (ie a book thats 200 abt chem vs 5 books that are 1000 pages each about anatomy). are the test based on detail and regurgitation of information or is it very conceptual? how many hours a week does one take to pass successfully? does UG GPA correlate with med school GPA? if so, has anyone with a sub-3.0 GPA done really well in med school?

    Im not lazy but i do have some VERY serious distractions, and i recently rid them but i am still questioning my capabilities.

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    The Big Three, or any other medical school will have just about the same amount of workload (I should hope), meaning a LOT.

    Don't kid yourself, there's going to be TONS of information you're going to have to memorize and assimilate in a short amount of time. As people have described, it's like trying to drink from a fire hydrant. It's mainly detail orientated memorization, but you have to be able to understand it as a system in order to answer the tertiary questions so you have to conceptually understand it as well as memorize fine point. Though it's not as difficult to understand as some undergrad material was. Like so far I have no been asked to diagram a voltage chart charting the flow of electrons through the visual optic system yet in med school. But the sheer quantity more than makes up for it.

    Don't kid yourself. Be honest when you say "VERY serious distractions" and realize you're going to get VERY serious distractions wherever you go. If you think you have the ability to hunker down, then by all means its possible. You don't need to be a genius to get through med school, hell, you don't even have to be smart, just dedicated.

    If you want to see if you can do it, I recommend maybe taking 4 VERY intense upper division science courses and see if you can do well in them. Because in med school, you're in class 8am until sometimes 5pm, then you have to REALLY study.

    Not trying to scare you, but that's what you're up against if you're saying you get easily distracted.

    I had a sub-3.0 GPA going in to med school, and I'm doing well right now. So yeah, more than feasible. You just need to hunker down.
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    thanks for replying

    thanks for your reply. i can see what you mean by being realisitc. very good point. as for the workload being heavy, i guess it is like you said-- one must be very dedicated.

    my main distraction was my ex gf. but thats another whole story....

    i really have thought about this and i was wondering if there is anything i can do in UG that will better prepair me for med school?

    ie: will human anatomy give me a heads up? will human reproduction, osteology, endocrinology, medical ethnobotany, and medical parisitology courses in UG help as well?

    i know they wont be nearly as detailed as med school courses but i was wondering if i could start more prepaired with some of these courses....

    thanks a lot.

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    As I've heard, Biochemistry is a biggie that makes Med School far easier the first year. If you don't have time to slot the class in, I'd at least pick-up a text book and try to get a feel for the material.

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    I would recommend taking a Molec Bio class...med school out here in the Carib doesn't cover it as intense as undegrad does and I know that some of the USMLE questions can get a little picky on Molec Bio.

    Biochem will also definitely help...as may Physio. I dunno, I took classes that interested me more and weren't all necessarily medical related (but science related).

    As the above poster stated...med school is intense. There are some wonderful students here that weren't necessarily the best in Undergrad and are kicking butt! It is going to depend on your dedication and how much you can filter out the extraneous things and just focus in on your work. I would take some time out now to really get your mind and psyche ready. During your study time, only STUDY...nothing else. Don't let anything else distract you. And you really have to learn to either love studying or develop a tolerance for it. Whichever helps you get through the enormous amount you will have to do once you're here.

    Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mooby
    As I've heard, Biochemistry is a biggie that makes Med School far easier the first year. If you don't have time to slot the class in, I'd at least pick-up a text book and try to get a feel for the material.
    thx this help...so you all recommend biochem & molec bio...i will be sure to take these
    thanks

    mooby you mentioned picking up a text book and learning some of the material independently.... i know this may sound crazy but what if i just studied some of the med books before med school starts?? any thoughts abt this? good or bad?

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    the bio chem you take in med school is moe like the undergrad molc bio than the undergrad bio chem.

    i beleave taking anthing that is molc bio based will help you more than a pure bio chem. also gentics and physio are big ones to get a head start on.

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    Yeah, undergrad biochem is a LOT harder than medical school biochem. If you take UG biochem and get a good foundation in it, you can whack off for one of your classes in first semester.

    Anatomy/physiology in undergraduate really helped me first semester. But it all depends on your school I guess, a lot of people also says it doesn't. But my class was pretty intensive so it also allowed to me whack off in anatomy as well.
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    Take this for what it's worth - I am not the student, but I am married to one and we spend a lot of time studying together and talking about his classes.
    Mr. Islandwife's UG major was Biochem/molecular bio at UC Davis, and he had a 3.7 cum. - he is doing slightly better here than he did in ug because he is more interested and doesn't have to work. Granted - he studies approx 60 hours a week on top of class time, so you could probably cut back on those crazy hours and still pass. He makes a point to take one day off a week in which he is not supposed to open a book. I will wake up on that day quite regularly to see him up and reading, but that's just how he is. He wants to do really well so he can have the freedom to specialize and get back to cali.
    He found biochem here to be much simpler - although much faster paced - than what he did at Davis. He also took a physio class in ug and that helped him quite a bit. He picked up an anatomy text, copied the pages, whited out the words, and started memorizing bones, muscles, and ligons. That was another big help.
    It helps that he doesn't really like the beach, but he does take lots of breaks to come out and play with the kids and pay attention to me (I try not to be high maintenance - but hey - I'm a woman).
    Surround yourself with people who are serious about doing well. The slackers will pull you down.
    "When you educate a man beyond his intelligence, you create a menace to society."

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    Well, at least he doesn't have to live on processed/microwavable food like us single folk =(
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