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    Hi i am thinking applying to premed, I was wondering if anyone could share there experiences with the premed classes. what they liked about it and what they didn't. How were the professors and learning environment? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kent0005 View Post
    Hi i am thinking applying to premed, I was wondering if anyone could share there experiences with the premed classes. what they liked about it and what they didn't. How were the professors and learning environment? Thank you.
    Kent, check your inbox, I private messaged you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sc135753 View Post
    Kent, check your inbox, I private messaged you.
    Hey,

    I'm also planning on attending MUA pre-med, would love to get more info about this.

    thanks in advance

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    Hi Neurothings,

    I recently replied to Kent0005 in a private message. Your question is very similar to what he asked. Here is what I said:

    Hi Kent,

    I have to say, I had a very good experience with the pre-med program at MUA. I definitely think it gave me an edge over my classmates coming into med1 when I started basic sciences. I can tell you that pre-med is much more relaxed than the med program, but that is a good thing since you need to adjust to the island and all when you get down here. You will learn the fundamental concepts that will come back again in some of your basic science courses and you will also encounter some of the same teachers which is very helpful. I don't want you to think the pre-med program is easy though, you definitely have to study and it is well put together. There were some people that didn't make it out of pre-med. My class was a very big pre-med class and now that we are in Med 4 I would say there is a little less than half of us left (from the original pre-med class). This is a good thing though because it shows the programs have a standard and some integrity. The professors that have been teaching the courses in the pre-med program have been here for awhile so that curriculum is pretty solid and constantly gets updated and improved from feedback evaluations every semester. Like I said, I am in Med 4 now, and I don't regret doing pre-med. At first I was hesitant about doing an extra 8 months, but it honestly does go fast. As far as the schedule goes, it is definitely a little more flexible than what you see in the med-program. But this is good because you can "play around" a little in pre-med as to what works for you as far as a study schedule and by the time you get to the med program you will pretty much have a solid routine in place. I don't have anyones username on here that has taken pre-med but I have a lot of people on Facebook that are still in my class that I did pre-med with. Let me know if you want to talk to any of them and I will get in contact with them. Hope this helped a little. Let me know if you have anymore specific questions and I will try to answer them the best I can. Best of Luck!

    Hope this helps! There are a lot of other member's experiences in this forum try to do a search and see what you get. If you have any other specific questions feel free to message me.
    -Visit my comments in this thread for more info http://www.valuemd.com/medical-unive...-smu-umhs.html
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    What are the specific courses taught in "pre-med"?

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    Pre-med 1
    -General Chemistry
    -Medical Terminology
    -Anatomy and Physiology I

    Pre-med 2
    -Organic Chemistry
    -Cell Biology
    -Anatomy and Physiology II

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    hey,
    just a general question...what is the requirement to get to pre-med? i have searched high and low on their webpage but cant seem to find it....it would be great if anyone who applied could let me know.....im planning on applying for pre-med fall if not too late...or winter of 14
    Thank you
    aasu

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    Quote Originally Posted by sc135753 View Post
    Pre-med 1
    -General Chemistry
    -Medical Terminology
    -Anatomy and Physiology I

    Pre-med 2
    -Organic Chemistry
    -Cell Biology
    -Anatomy and Physiology II
    Yup, and taking my Step 1 this Thursday, and having done premed - I have to say, it was the.best.investment.ever. My undergrad Bio was really weak due to all the partying and tail chasing that was going on. I was disappointed that I had to spend an extra 6 months because of these so-called "pre-med" classes.

    PM1 goes really slow, but the investment of medical terminology is an investment I can't really compare. The class has helped me extremely. When you get into the actual med program, you're classmates will be googling what a term means and you'll already have learned it. Even if you forgot, just recognizing the word is half the battle. General Chem isn't so much chem as the professor tries to incorporate medicine into chemistry, so it's not too bad. I was dreading this class the most with moles, thermodynamics, and all that crap. A&P is fine, nothing really to say.

    PM2 - the semester picks up in both speed and workload by several folds, especially the former. Orgo was an essential waste, but the Biochem portions are amazing. It gets your feet wet with the introduction of metabolism, and other basic biochem topics. A&P II is mainly physio - not much else to say. Slides are great, and will give you a good foundation. However, the last but not least course Cell Bio - I would say this course should get the crown after medical terminology. the pathways you learn in this course by Dr. C seem like a complete waste of time, but if you learn these pathways inside out - Embryo, Histology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Physiology, Neurology, Pharmacology, and Pathology became significantly easier. As you can see a good chunk of the course work. If you get by in the PreMed program in the other 5 courses, do not do not do not do not do not do not do not neglect Cell Bio.

    Good luck to all your guys starting PM soon. Not having partied too much, I can say I thoroughly enjoyed my 7 semesters at MUA.

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