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A future in Pre-Medicine
By Amber Gragert
Your path to exciting and rewarding careers in the medical industry are about to begin! Pre-medicine is the yellow brick road that will take you to medical school and beyond. You should already know by now, it will be hard - grueling even. There will be long and possibly sleepless nights of studying and overwhelming course schedules, but you can do it and you will not regret it. As Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” So, get ready for the time of your life as a pre-med student!
It’s not surprising that most people who apply to medical school are biology majors; after all, these fields of study go hand in hand. However, there are a significant number of people entering medical school who majored in engineering, other sciences, or even the humanities. According to data published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the five most popular undergraduate majors for students who enrolled in medical school for the 2016-2017 academic year are:
• Biological Sciences
• Social Sciences
• Physical Sciences
The "Other" referenced above are majors not designated as biological, physical, social, health sciences, humanities or math/statistics, which leaves quite a few beyond that scope. The idea to keep in mind when choosing your degree major is there are options/areas you may excel at beyond a biology degree that will still suit well in future medical school applications. A degree specifically in biology does not give any clear advantage over other degrees when looking at GPA or MCAT scores according to the AAMC. All that said, do not abandon your passions but rather build upon them with medical school within the clear line of focus.
The pre-medicine path again should lead to medical school which leads to a career such as: Physician, surgeon or as another medical specialist. Or, if you are open to plot twists in life -- with pre-medicine under your belt, students are also then well prepared to take steps into graduate studies in dentistry, pharmaceuticals or veterinary studies. A pre-med program is the fuel and momentum to help you reach your ultimate goals in helping others.
Keep that goal in mind as you pursue it. You will need to be disciplined and tenacious, have patience and perseverance, willing and capable to study through sleep deprivation and exhaustion and a sturdy faith and sense of who (and whose) you are as you are taught to be a god of sorts and then ultimately rediscover that you are not. My only advice to you is even in the whirlwind of pre-medicine, practice keeping your eyes on the true Healer. In Exodus 15:22-26 He is referred to as Jahova-Rafa: The Lord Who Heals. The only God that has the ability to heal through and even without modern medicine and the same magnificent creator that put this passion for healing others in you. Many accomplish great things without Him, but you will find great joy and meaning in your studies if you do it with Him.