What Major is Important for Medical School

As a private college consultant, I work with students every year who indicate they want to be doctors.  This automatically leads them to the conclusion that they will be majoring in pre-med in college.  So what is pre-med?  According to the latest research, pre-med can be any major you would like to choose.  It doesn’t need to be biology or even one of the sciences.  it can be a major straight out of the liberal arts like English or philosophy.

Medical schools want students who have a wide variety of interests.  Every patient wants a competent doctor, but most also want a doctor who has a good personality and bedside manner.   The newest data on the subject of college majors points to the fact that college majors are not as important as some individuals like to think.  Different careers require different skills.  It is probably more important for college students to select a major that interests them and then do internships and research in this area.  A degree with some related work experience should be every student’s goal.  Now back to the pre-med major.

“The Association of American Medical Colleges has data to suggest that your major simply does not matter when it comes to getting accepted to medical school. According to their data, only 51 percent of students who enrolled in medical school in 2012 majored in biological sciences. That means the remaining medical school matriculants majored in humanities, math or statistics, physical sciences, social sciences or specialized health sciences.”

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