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    Does A Liberal Arts Major Have A Shot at Success?

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    I was an English/Social Studies major with a cGPA of about 3.0. I've had a few basic science classes but that is it. I would like to hear from someone in a similar situation who entered the Pre-Med program. How successful were you at the Pre-Med classes and if you have already taken classes at the medical school; how well did Pre-Med prepare you and what level of success are you having?

    If someone could tell me the name and edition of the Advanced Organic Chemistry textbook, that would be very helpful as well.

    Thanks!

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    I was a philosophy major who went straight into the MD program and this July I will be starting my intern year of an internal medicine residency. I did a lot better than many of my counterparts who majored in "pre-medicine" type majors.
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    Ok, there may some conflict with this answer. When a person does a premed major, they (sometimes) are used to studying the material and have learned the way the succeed in a biology course. However, majors such as engineering (which i am), philosophy (which i am, second major) or computer science have a better advantage during thinking processes. A biology major has an advantage in studying the concepts due to three years of taking a bunch of biology classes. These people know how to study and retain the material. Now the other majors have been exposed to logic processes in making decisions. This helps in test and actual practice. As for getting into medical school, biology majors get in more only because there are a pooh pooh ton of biology majors applying for the school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MD2.0 View Post
    I was a philosophy major who went straight into the MD program and this July I will be starting my intern year of an internal medicine residency. I did a lot better than many of my counterparts who majored in "pre-medicine" type majors.

    Thank you so very much. That helps me immensely. I am studying the Pre-Med Chemistry book right now and your response came at an optimal moment. Thanks again.

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    Thank you, I had quite a lot of philosophy classes as well and I understand what you mean. Your response was very helpful.

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    Glad I can be of help! I did all the required prerequisite courses for med school in undergrad (8 credits of bio, 8 of gen chem, 8 of orgo, 8 of math, 8 of English, 4 of physics and others), but ultimately my major was philosophy. Also, I only did 3 years of undergrad and here I am now! My brother also went to a Carib school as a psych major and he is currently a chief resident in a reputable psych residency.
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    I'm also a non-biology major. I wonder if medical school courses start at the basic level.

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    if you get into med1 have a hard time, you can always switch into premed and rebuild yourself. or like others in this forum, you might start handling it really well right away. you have to try it.

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    did you do yur premed at mua (just to be sure)?

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    my premed was elsewhere BSc. and im finding it really hard. Some people come from different fields but are genuises and/or have eidetic memory and do better than ppl with science background. but if youre not that, you will have to work very hard.

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