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Did you take any extra coursework in preparation for med school?
Biochemistry, Immunology, and Vertebrate Neurobiology.

Jennifer Hsu at University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ft Worth (UNTHSC-TCOM) (DO), class of 2018.
Pre-med: University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. Management Info Systems degree. Answer posted 3/29/2014
No, I did take plenty of extra classes for preparing for the MCAT

Taylor Y Stauffer at Emory University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2016.
Pre-med: Edgewood College, Biology degree. Answer posted 3/25/2014
I was a Bio major. I think studying Bio has equipped me with a good science base to build on.

Iggy at State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: University of Maryland- College Park, Biology and American Studies degree. Answer posted 1/4/2009
I didn't take any extra coursework in preparation for medical school.

James Tolbert at Harvard Medical School (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Harvard University, B.S. Chemistry & Biology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2008
Yeah, to make my transcript a lil more exciting than the rest, I took Calculus I, Calculus II, Differential Equations, Human Physiology, and psych. Warning! Only take courses (beyond your requirements) that you know you can do well in. I loved math and so it came natural when it was time to crank out the As for the above courses. It made my course of study much more sexy and probably gave me a heads up in the admissions process.

Yusuf Ali at University of Maryland School of Medicine (MD), class of 2012.
Pre-med: Morgan State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 6/13/2008
Nothing extra, just the essentials to fulfill my major and minor requirements. Extra work really isn't necessary, enjoy college.

Sandro Corti at UMDNJ--New Jersey Medical School (), class of .
Pre-med: Answer posted 3/24/2008
I took courses required for my major (Genetic Engineering) and minor (Chemistry) as well as tons of classes in dance, as it's my first love. I did not take any classes specifically for medical school, and I would do the same thing again if I could.

Lynn at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cedar Crest, Genetic Engineering degree. Answer posted 6/19/2006
took the standard required courses plus biochem. no genetics or anything else like that for me. might bite me in the butt one day.

update: ha! it DID bite me in the butt, so i'm recommending that you take courses like anatomy and physiology, genetics, etc.


emily at University of Mississippi School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Mississippi, B.S. Chemical Engineering degree. Answer posted 3/20/2006
I took some upper-level science courses as a neuro major, but I doubt these will be particularly helpful in medical school...maybe for the first day or so! I think the most important part of my education in undergrad was learning how to properly study. And that may entirely change when I get to med school - I'm prepared for that.

Sarah Levin at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Wesleyan University, Neuroscience & Behavior degree. Answer posted 11/26/2006
Take courses that you enjoy, that will challenge you, and that encourage critical thinking. Please don't take extra anatomy, biochemistry...UNLESS you enjoy these subjects. Med schools are interested in your intellectual sincerity regarding your choice of coursework.

Maria Reyes at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: university of utah & westminster college (2nd BS), psychology & biology degree. Answer posted 5/10/2007
I have taken a course in just about every subject and discipline. Its good to be well rounded.

George Dunham at St George's University School of Medicine (Caribbean), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Wake Forest University, Biology degree. Answer posted 5/2/2007
People ahead of me in medical school that said the curriculum would teach us what we need to know and a lot of undergraduate preparation was not necessary. I do agree that the staff will teach us the basic science that we need to know. However, it is much easier to relearn something than to learn it fresh. As an undergrad I took biochemistry, genetics, endocrinology, medical terminology, plus others. These classes helped me immensely and made relearning the info in medical school much easier that if I had to learn the topics from scratch. The extra info always helps, whether you’re able to teach yourself or you choose to enroll in a course.

Erik A. at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, B.S. Computer Science degree. Answer posted 8/17/2006
I have jumped to a lot of majors, so I have had a lot of extra classes that are beneficial, but I would not recommend anyone do as I did. Immunology was good (anything on the molecular level is great). That was junior year. Also, many CLS classes (i.e. hematology, clinical micro and chem, blood bank). Also, I took a pharm class for fun. Biochemistry my senior year.

Zack Gangwer at Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program (AZPod) at Midwestern University (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Weber State University, Microbiology/Clinical Laboratory Science degree. Answer posted 12/29/2006
Nope just took the required courses.

Brian Dix at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: South Dakota State University, BS Biology degree. Answer posted 12/20/2006
nope try to take anatomy and biochem b4 med school tho

Paul Nielsen at New York Medical College (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cornell, Human Biology, Health, and Society degree. Answer posted 10/11/2006
Yes, about 60 credits worth

Doug Christensen at Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Loras, BA Secondary Education degree. Answer posted 10/10/2006
none

Ehren Dueweke at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Kalamazoo College, Chemistry degree. Answer posted 8/21/2006
Nothing more than what was required of my major (Neuroscience). You'll learn the stuff when you get there. Undergrad is a time to get a broad education of stuff you are interested in and stuff you won't get to see in medical school. You can learn all the biochem you want in first year of med school only to forget 99% of it because all of it except the pathologies related to certain metabolic disorders do not apply to medicine. So forget that undergrad pharmacology class and take a guitar class or something.

J Chang at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2007.
Pre-med: BYU, Neuroscience degree. Answer posted 7/28/2005
No.

Brian Wolf at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Miami 07, B.A Psychology degree. Answer posted 7/8/2006
I minored in Anthropology--mostly cultural anth. I would recommmend it to everyone. It really helps broaden your perspective about people and the way they view the world.

Bill Holmes at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Arizona, Molecular & Cellular Bio/Anthropology degree. Answer posted 1/6/2006
I simply took the required prep courses such as Organic Chem, Gen Chem, Physics, and Bio. I did take Microbiology and Biochemistry because I thought med schools might like those advanced courses. I was a Biology major.

Dana Marie Smith at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Ithaca College, B.A. Biology degree. Answer posted 6/24/2006
I took the basic requirements for med school (e.g. Bio, Chem, Org)...you know the stuff that really didn't matter. There were upper-level classes that were required for my major like anatomy, physiology, and biochem. I also took electives that pretty much ended in -ology (immunology, virology, histology). The thing is the entire undergraduate material will be covered in about two weeks. That's what I've heard from most people so my advice is, take the class to gain some exposure and because you like it.

Chris Cruz at University of Texas Medical School at Houston (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Texas A&M University, Biomedical Science degree. Answer posted 5/20/2006
No. I just took biochemistry, genetics, and other advanced biology courses during college. Reed College also requires a written thesis to graduate. This helped prepare me for medical and graduate school.

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Andrew Doan at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2001.
Pre-med: Reed College, B.A. in Biology degree. Answer posted 6/11/2006
I completed a masters in health administration...basically a healthcare oriented MBA. I would highly recommend a few business/finance courses at least for each and every pre-med.

Chris Hope at University of Mississippi School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Southern Mississippi, Psychology degree. Answer posted 3/12/2006
The only extra coursework that I took to specifically prepare for medical school was biochemistry. By the time I got to medical school I felt that I had forgotten most of it, but at least I had already heard a lot of the material they taught in medical school biochemistry. I felt like this helped me to pick up the material faster than those students who had never heard the material before. In general, I feel that whatever extra coursework you can take in undergraduate school will help you during medical school.

Scott Larson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2005
Just the required work for med school and my degree.

Robert Greenhagen at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Briar Cliff University, B.S. in Biology degree. Answer posted 5/30/2006
None.

Matt Tallar at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: UW-Milwaukee, Microbiology/Biotechnology degree. Answer posted 2/7/2006
Just undergrad.

Joe Behn at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/4/2006
My undergrad education was enough, double specialist in tox and pharm + human bio major :)

Dina R at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School (MD), class of 2008.
Pre-med: University of Toronto, Hon BSc degree. Answer posted 3/19/2006
Nah...just prepped for the MCAT

Casey Lythgoe at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: B.Y.U.-Hawaii, Biochemistry degree. Answer posted 10/25/2005
My major was biology and that gave me a pretty solid background in most of the major courses during the first two years of medical school. In addition to the courses in my major, I took physiology, anatomy, and human dissection classes.

Jeff Hanson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Utah State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
No.

Jeffrey Anderson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Bethel University, Biblical and Theological Studies degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
Since I took all the basica pre-reqs through my biology major and chemistry minor (big mistake on the chem minor), I pretty much had everything I needed. However, I did go above and beyond by taking classes in immunology, biochemistry, physiology lab, and neurobiology, and thus far they have all proven to be very helpful. Still, don't go overboard on science classes...take some courses that interest you and will be fun. I took Latin, electronic imaging, etc.

Marc Biedermann at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, BS Human Biology Health Sciences degree. Answer posted 2/6/2006
I did do extra coursework, but often times these courses either interested me or were required for graduation.

John Gannon at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: UCLA/ University of Utah, biological chemistry degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
Biochemistry and Microbiology were really my only "extra" courses.

Amy Raubenolt at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Bowling Green State University, Spanish degree. Answer posted 1/13/2006
Nope

Adam Mehring at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Grove City College, Molecular Biology degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
none

Aaron Beck at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Concordia University Wisconsin, General Biology degree. Answer posted 1/3/2006
I was lucky enough to qualify for a scholarship offered to University employees during my 2 years "off" from school, so I took several classes to pinpoint my interests and try to get comfortable heading into medical school. I took several graduate level genetics courses, an undergrad-level anatomy course--complete with prosections, an introductory course to pharmacology, and was certified as an EMT-Basic.

Jesse Stringer at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Biology degree. Answer posted 8/31/2005
Yes, I have taken some courses in preparation for med school. Part of my Zoology degree included 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology, Cell Biology, Genetics and many other courses. However, I purposely took 2 semesters of Human Physiology with the Pharmacy students and 1 semester of Human Pathophysiology with the Physician’s Assistant students at my undergrad institution. These were not required, but highly recommended in preparation for med school.

Christian Becker at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Zoology degree. Answer posted 7/26/2005




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