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The Best Majors for the Medical Field

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The Best Majors for the Medical Field

The medical field? You got it. In this blog post we will be covering the best majors for the medical field along with their areas of specialization. We will also cover some reasons as to why some choose to go into medicine, and some don’t! Our niche healthcare job board Healthcare Consultant has top quality healthcare jobs for those of any level of healthcare experience. Give us a look if you’re looking for that next necessary step in your medical career!


Why should you go into medicine?

  1. Improving the health of other people.
  2. Being a leader in the healthcare team.
  3. Amazing clinical and non-clinical job options.
  4. Being a lifelong learner in an intellectually stimulating career.
  5. Being able to provide surgery.

Why shouldn’t you go into medicine?

  1. Don’t go explicitly for the money (although it is a nice perk).
  2. Don’t go for prestige.
  3. Don’t go because it looks cool on TV.
  4. Don’t go because others are pressuring you.
  5. The work-life balance is only in certain careers in the field, but the majority won’t give you it.

List of Areas for the Medical Field

Allergology

Anesthesiology

Cardiology

Dermatology

Emergency Medicine

Family and General Practice

Gastroenterology

Internal Medicine

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Orthopedics

Pathology

Pediatrics

Psychiatry

Radiology

Surgery

Research

Public Health


List of Employers for the Medical Field

Hospitals

Clinics

Private or group practice

Health networks

Nursing homes

Rehabilitation centers

Mental health institutions

Federal, state, and local health departments

Government agencies

Armed services

Correctional facilities

Colleges or universities

Medical schools

Startups

Large corporations


What majors do medical schools prefer?

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The answer to this question is based on commonality. You see, there is a trend here from this survey of 21,622 students who were accepted into Medical School:

Biological Sciences - 11,843

Physical Sciences - 2,214

Social Sciences - 2,107

Humanities - 797

Specialized Health Sciences - 650

Math and Statistics - 168

Other - 3,843


What kind of undergraduate degree for medical school do you need? Do any medical majors have an advantage?

The data points to no. In 2018-2019, 29,443 students with majors in biological sciences applied to medical schools. The acceptance rate for that group was approximately 40 percent.

Some students did however find that a science-focused major gives them the foundation to succeed on the MCAT and hit the ground running once they enter medical school. Meaning that their background and premed requirements were easier to fulfill. There’s no denying that science degrees make up the majority of the most popular degrees to study before medical school. Specific popular degrees within the sciences mentioned previously that people study before medical school are: physiology and human biology, organic chemistry, microbiology, general science, computer and information sciences, ecology, zoology, botany, and mathematics.


Most Popular Pre-Med Arts Majors

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Arts is a broader category of study, but the top four popular arts majors for pre-med are:

  1. Humanities
  2. Social Sciences
  3. Art and design
  4. Liberal arts

Most Popular Pre-Med Health Majors

  1. Medicine
  2. Other medical specialties
  3. Nursing
  4. Public Health
  5. Health Administration

Competitive GPAs for Med School

In the class of 2016, successful applicants from the biological sciences had a mean MCAT of 31 and GPA of 3.69, whereas those from the humanities had a mean MCAT of 31.8 and a GPA of 3.66.


What is the best undergraduate degree for medical school in Canada?

A science-focused undergraduate degree will fare you just as well in Canada as it does in the United States. The requirements are that you must be registered in a baccalaureate degree program and obtain your degree prior to admission or have already completed your degree program. They have no preference to which institution you attended or which degree program you complete. You should pursue your own interest while fulfilling the requirements of your degree program. You’ll need a minimum GPA of 3.2 on the four point scale, and non-residents need at least a 3.8.

The GPA is only one piece of this puzzle, however. You’ll also need to complete the MCAT and achieve a good score along with meeting several other requirements that vary institutiont to institution.


Closing Thoughts

To get into medical school, students will need to maintain a high GPA especially in prerequisite courses and study for the MCAT exam. Your path is open and limitless from there.

Regarding selection of a major, students are more likely to thrive and get to where they want to be when they’ve chosen subjects that they’re naturally drawn to and in which they have an aptitude or interest. Don’t select a major based on what’s easy or difficult. This may be a major related to biology, or something else. In this case, if you have a change of heart down the road, you’re more likely to have amazing alternatives that fit your career interests. Two birds with one stone, as medical school will still be within reach.

The Best Majors for the Medical Field
Jake Tilk

Jake is the Digital Marketing Manager for OptyConnect and Healthcare Consultant. He holds a B.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Business from Western Michigan University and has a certification in Software Development.

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