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09/08/2019

Do med schools frown upon pre-med students who need an extra year to earn their undergrad?

QUESTION
Do med schools frown upon pre-med students who need an extra year to earn their undergrad?
I am a pre-med student, majoring in psychology (BA). Because none of the pre-med science courses fulfill requirements for my major, in addition to the gen eds, I wont be able to graduate in the traditional 4 years. I also hope to spend a semester abroad, which put me at a full 5 years for earning my undergraduate degree. Will my “victory lab” draw negative attention to me once I apply for medical school? I will mostly be applying to public schools, such as University of Kansas Medical Center, if that makes a difference…

ANSWER
Actually, spending a semester abroad is looked upon favorably, though I’m glad you’re doing it regardless. There’s actually a peer-reviewed, scientific paper on that very question. (see references below)

In fact, the typical curriculum for premedical education deters students from obtaining a more “broad-based” background. This is not a good thing. Because you are willing to spend an extra year to pursue your undergraduate passion and even spend a semester abroad, I think it you could really use that experience to write a compelling, memorable personal essay for your medical school application.

Watch this video to learn how to combine your experiences into a memorable, concise “story” for your medical school application: http://medical-mastermind-community.com/member-content/writing-your-memorable-application