How To Prepare For Medical School In High School And College + What I Did!

What is Medical School and why is it important step to becoming a doctor?  Medical school is a school in a university offering study leading to a medical degreeThe mission of every medical school is to provide future physicians with the necessary medical knowledge and research to care for patients.

What’s the difference between DO and MD?

MD is a Doctor of Medicine and a DO is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. They’re both licensed physicians and are similarly educated and certified, but there are differences in their training and philosophy of patient care.

DO schools tend to have a more holistic view and a greater emphasis on the musculoskeletal system’s impact on health. Meanwhile, MD schools strictly practice with medicine and focus on healing the patient with surgery or medication.

What To Do In High School?

AP COURES ! It’s not required to start planning for med school while in high school but starting pre-med off on the right foot and being able to show medical schools that you’re interested in and commited to studying  medicine. In high school I took multiple honors courses that lead to AP courses. AP courses lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions directors see “AP” on your transcript, they’ll know that you’re experienced in a particular class and you’re prepared for the challenges of college. Most schools will also grant undergraduate credit or waive certain requirements for up to a certain number of AP exams taken with a score of 3 or above.

What Classes To Take In College?

In pre-med and med school, you’ll definitely be taking a lot of science classes, so it’s important to have a strong foundation in this subject by the time you enter college. Doing so will likely allow you to take more advanced(honors and/or AP) science classes in college and get higher grades since you’re starting with solid background knowledge.

  • 1 year of English
  • 1 year of Chemistry with lab
  • 1 year of organic Chemistry with lab
  • 1 year of Physics with lab
  • 1 semester/year of Biochemistry
  • 1 year of Biology with lab

Take classes that you enjoy and are not Pre-Med related such as art, photography and sociology. Make the best of your undergrad years because once you’re in Medical School you’ll be so busy studying, learning and undergrad will feel like middle school. So party(a little), study, don’t slack off, have fun and do what’s BEST FOR YOU!