Prepare to enter one of the many subfields of medicine (e.g. family practice, internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics) by meeting with the pre-med advisor each year and taking courses in biology, chemistry, and physics.
What should I major in?
Nationally, one-half of med school applicants are biology majors of some type. However, you would have just as good a chance of being accepted to medical school with a music, history, or any other major. So, you should select a major in a field that you enjoy—something you're good at, where you can get good grades. Pre-medical requirements will then be fit into your electives categories.
When should I select a major?
- By the end of sophomore year, preferably before.
What about math?
- A semester of statistics is required for the MCAT.
- Many med schools recommend calculus, but not all. Talk to your advisor about specific schools and their requirements.
Are there core requirements?
- Yes. Calvin’s core is designed to provide an educational foundation from a Christian liberal arts perspective. This provides you with a breadth that can greatly assist your everyday work with people—an integral part of the health professions.
- The core curriculum is very important. Not fulfilling core requirements will result in a graduation delay.
Opportunities not to miss
Selected med schools attended by Calvin grads
- University of Michigan
- Johns Hopkins University
- Wayne State University
- Temple University
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Physicians work in one or more specialties, including, among others:
- Family and general medicine
- General internal medicine
- General pediatrics
- Obstetrics and gynecology
More information about getting into grad school after Calvin
Paths to becoming a doctor
There are two paths to becoming a doctor: allopathic medicine, which leads to an MD, or osteopathic medicine, which leads to a DO.
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