Questions for any medical doctors on RJ.

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    Nov 15, 2007 9:06 AM GMT
    I couldn't really tell which board this would go under, so I figured this was a safe bet.

    I've noticed that many people here on RJ have Masters, Ph.Ds, and are generally a well-educated crowd. Give yourselves a handicon_biggrin.gif. I was hoping to see some responses from any medical doctors with regards to some questions that I have about becoming a doctor. Although feedback/input from other members of RJ is welcome and appreciated. My questions are as follows:

    The only science I took in grade 12 was chemistry, and my mark was below average. I also took 2 math courses (calculus and probability/stats) and received average marks. Is it essential to be naturally inclined in the math/science area to become a doctor?

    I am currently in my first year of university working on a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. I am having second thoughts about my choice to take a Ba, as obviously a Bachelor of Arts does not typically lead to medical school. Lacking the high school background in science and already halfway through my first term of university, is it even realistic to attempt to pursue an education in medicine?

    My third question will vary on a personal basis, but I wanted to know what you find most rewarding about being a medical doctor. If you feel comfortable sharing the area of medicine that you practice that would also be helpful.

    My last question is, do you find being gay has any effect (positive or negative) on your work?

    Hopefully you guys can answer a couple of these, thanks a lot icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 15, 2007 11:38 AM GMT
    YES, it can be done. Your school should have a premed program that works in conjunction with your psychology major. The premed will make sure you have all the biology and chemisty you need to get into medschool as well as prepare you for the ....what ever test you have to take. Maybe its the GRE....i know if you tryng to get into gradschool for psychology you would take the GRE(graduate record Exam), but im not sure about it for medschool. Psychology is an alright major to have when entering medschool it shows diversity from the other countless applicants who are the traditional Biology or chemistry (sometimes BOTH).more on this later
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    Nov 22, 2007 10:11 AM GMT
    Hey...hope this helps...i'm in my 4the year of med school so this is what u need to get in (i study abroad because its chaper but still...i hope it helps) here is what i did

    U don't necessarily need a science major to get into med school...although mines was Biology with a minor in English lit, the thing that matters is your GPA so try to keep it as close to 4.0 as u can.

    The courses u ABSOLUTELY need are

    1 Year of Biology
    1 Year General Cehmistry (with the labs)
    1 Year Organic Chemisrty (wiht the labs)
    1 Year Physics
    1 year Caluculus
    1 Year English (u can use the 1 semester of Intro if
    u took it, the biostat, not too
    sure about)

    After the courses u need to take the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), which will test your chem, bio, orgo, english (u need the math for chemistry)....the test when i took it was out of 45 points and u need at least a 30 out of 45 to be considered competetive for an american med school, foreign (Caribbean, etc.) are a bit mor lenient on the scores and will take u wiht a lower GPA and MCAT score.

    As far as your lack of exposure to science, it all boils down to how hard your work and how much of yourself you're willing to give to the whole thing. If u think this is hard then Med School will defintieyl blow your mind. That being said, i think its doable but i suggest going to your college counselor and finding out your options. Mosr Colleges have a set pre-med plan that kinda makes the course selection easier for u.

    To boost your chances of getting in, you need to volunteer and whatever hospital u can (working in the ER is best, its exciting and u learn alot, but take whatever u think suits you), volunteeer, do extracirricular activites because the schools also want you to be well rounded.

    A B.A wont hurt your chances of getting in, as a matter of fact, i think it'll help because the non-science courses will help your overall GPA and make the course loas a bit more managable, but remember, your science grades better be good, they specifically look at those.

    You'll need letters of recommendations so try to take advantage of Professor's office hours and see if u can become a TA for one of their courses or maybe do some research wiht them. I know it sounds like alot of work but in the long run, i feel its paid off (at least for me it has)...once you begin your clinical rotaions in med school, you begin to realize the impact you're going to have (and at times, already have) on the lives of others. Its really overwhelming in the beginning, but as things go along, it does become rewarding.

    In the end, it all boils down to how bad you want this and how much of yourself you're willing to put in to get it. You dont have to like science (i hated chemistry, i still hate it, and i always will hate it), but you have to just do it. Before entering the clinics, you're also bound to go "WHY THE HELL DO I HAVE OT KNOW THIS?!? THIS SEEMS SO IRRELEVANT", but then you get to your third year of med school and go "AAAAAAAH...i see now".

    N e ways...i hope this helps, it defintiely is difficult, but not impossible.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 22, 2007 10:39 AM GMT
    surfsdown: "...a Bachelor of Arts does not typically lead to medical school."

    That's interesting. I had heard that law students in Canada go directly to law school after high school, and apparently so do med students. In the US, both law and med students need to complete their Bachelors before proceeding to the professional schools.
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    Nov 22, 2007 3:54 PM GMT
    in canada you need to write, i thikn it''s the LSAT to get into law school.

    you need to do BA in something... anything, i think for law. and then there is a concentration choice. (business, criminal etc)

    as for Med school. my sister was goin for that. did he BSc. didnt get into med school.. it's extremely competitive. though, if you are well rounded and have done ALOT of extr curricular there is a chance to get in. but alot is based o n marks.
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    Nov 22, 2007 4:31 PM GMT
    Yeah. EVERY single thing Nysexy said is exactly spot on with what you need to do surfsdown.

    It definitely isn't an easy path to follow, but the end results will definitely justify the means. It really doesn't matter what degree you end up with as long as you took the required classes and got great grades. They actually like seeing a little diversity in their applicants' degrees. My good buddy was an English major, and is now a 3rd year med student.

    And just like Nysexy said, you are going to have to take the MCAT. Your score on that is very important. And I really don't know that many people at all (1st year med student here), who actually enjoyed any of the science classes, lol. There may have been a few that were really interesting, but all the people who like science that much are always engineers, lol!
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    Nov 22, 2007 5:52 PM GMT
    Thanks a lot for all of the replies, they were very helpful and informative.icon_biggrin.gif