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What is Premed (Premedicine) Really?

By Chidduck

In theory what is it?

The Premedicine major is designed for students who wish to apply to medical school at the conclusion of their undergraduate studies. It is difficult to gain admittance into medical school without possessing immaculate grades, an on par or above par score on the MCATS (Medical College Admissions Test), as well as having significant number volunteer work hours. The undergraduate work itself is extremely rigorous and can easily be considered to exist as one of the most difficult majors to complete. Therefore, it takes an extremely dedicated person to complete this major and gain admittance into medical school.

What is it used for?

The PreMedicine major is primarily for students who wish to apply to medical school at the conclusion of their undergraduate studies. On its own this major is not worth much in the real world. It is used as a gateway to gain admittance into medical school where the real knowledge about healthcare is learned.

What does the major actually entail - work-wise?

LOTS AND LOTS OF WORK.

This difficult pursuit into a career in the heart of healthcare demands endless dedication from its challengers. Simply put, this is not an easy major to complete. The student will take classes ranging from English all the way to Biochemistry with everything in between. There will be Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and many electives. After this major is complete it will feel as if you have majored in every single major.

What kind of jobs do you get with it?

After completing the PreMedicine Major which lasts for a very long 4 years, the student will want to apply to medical school. At the completion of 4 years of medical school one can expect to get some of the highest paying jobs. Depending on specialties, salaries can range from $80,000/year all the way up $300,000/year and beyond. This is one of the few majors that gives an extreme sense of accomplishment, even though it is not always easy.

What are the fellow students like (personalitywise) in it?

Most students that pursue this major are dedicated to their work, outgoing, and competitive. They have a desire to do well and succeed at their goals. They are generally extremely strong willed and like to finish what they start.

Common Misconceptions

More often than not, most people realize that this is a difficult major. So only the ones that are willing to do the work and go through all the mental strain apply. Some people think that students enrolled in this major have no life. This isn't entirely true, while they must donate many hours of their time into schoolwork, activities, and trying to be well-rounded, most still find time to be social.
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PreMed and Medical Major unemployment rate

_PreMed and MedicalAll Majors
Unemployed%6%7
Minimum Wage%3%4
All Others%91%88
More: Unemployment for all Majors *** not counting stay at home parents *** not counting those currently in grad school

Are things going well in PreMed and Medical?

Going Well%78
Not Going Well%22
More: All Majors Satisfaction ??? This is a social "life satisfaction" question. Overall, would people who graduated with a degree in PreMed and Medical say that their life is going well? It could be interpreted in terms of stress, salary, long hours, future prospects, etc. *** not counting those currently in grad school

Graduates who stayed in PreMed and Medical

Still in Field%69
Got out%31
More: All Majors Still in field ??? A high "got out" percentage can be interpreted a couple of ways -- for instance, perhaps the major is a great stepping stone to becoming a totally different career -- like a doctor. Or perhaps the jobs one gets with the major just aren't that great. *** not counting those currently in grad school
Grove City College did a great jobGrove City College did a great job in preparing me, a molecular biology (pre-med) major, for medical school. I completed medical school in 4 years, did a 5 year residency and internships totalling 3 years.Read reviewPreMed and MedicalGrove City College Reviews
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The University of Notre Dame prepared me wellThe University of Notre Dame prepared me well for medical school. My undergrad courseload was very tough, and while going through it, I felt dejected at times, because it is VERY DIFFICULT to get excellentRead reviewPreMed and MedicalThe University of Notre Dame Reviews
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Texas Tech's well respected Medical program helped meTexas Tech's well respected Medical program helped me land a job as a major doctor in Dallas right away. I was fully prepared for all of the encounters I would have to face there after.Read reviewPreMed and MedicalTexas Tech University Reviews
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Texas A&M University is an outstanding educational institution!Texas A&M University is an outstanding educational institution! I am currently in a Radiology residency at Harvard Medical School and my education at Texas A&M really provided the foundation for my career. If you striveRead reviewPreMed and MedicalTexas A & M University - College Station Reviews
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PLME students reach similar outcomes as peersBy Brown Daily HeraldUniversity researchers recently led a study comparing the success of students in the eight-year Program in Liberal Medical Education with the performance of students admitted to the Alpert Medical SchoolBrown University Reviewsread→
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This college has hurt me.This college has hurt me. I am seriously in debt. After finishing the Medical Laboratory Technician program and financing $31552 in student loans, I am not even working in my field of study because noRead reviewPreMed and MedicalFortis Institute - Erie Reviews
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