Are College Prerequisites for Med School a Waste of Time and Money?

Hey, what’s up you guys? It’s Dr. Buck again, and I had another question about getting into med school. And if you don’t have the prereqs to get into med school, so basically, you have to do a bunch of science courses in college in order to take the MCAT, number one, and know some science before you start doing your medical school classes. So physical chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, biology, obviously, things like that. And I can’t remember exactly how many credits there are, but it was probably close to two years of classes that you had to take. So the question I had from this person was, “I’m almost done with college, but I don’t have any good prerequisites. If I take the prereqs, it’s gonna cost me another two years, and so what else can I do?”

So this is an interesting question because the problem is is that we look for a quick answer a lot of times, and there’s no quick answer for this. Unfortunately, if you decide- This person was in art. I think they went into an art major or something like that and now they’re trying to decide to go back.

If you decide you wanna go to med school and you are almost done with college or you’ve finished college, you need to go back. And that’s what you wanna do. Make sure you wanna do that first. But if you do, just do it. And I don’t think you should worry about taking two more years. I actually took five years in college, okay? I took a year off. Actually, I took a couple years off. I worked in a hospital for a year, and then I studied for the MCAT for a year. And then I applied to school, and I got in school. So my timeline was way late, and I finished way late. But I finished. I graduated high school in ’92, I finished college in ’96, or ’97 actually. And I started med school in ’99, so that’s a long way off of the normal. I also took a year off in between second-year and third-year in med school to study for the USMLEs because I knew I had no chance if I didn’t do really good. And then I took a year, and I did a research year in my residency. So I finished at 35, so I think if you’re sitting there going, “Well, geez, I don’t wanna add a couple more years on.” It’s not that big of a deal, a couple years, to get to where you wanna go.

In medicine or anything worth it, you can’t do a quick. It’s not a quick fix. It takes time. Stupid saying but Rome was not built in a day, right? You can’t build this in a day either. You can hardly build it in a decade, so anything worth doing is worth putting the time in. So that’s my two sense for that. I hope that helps some people, and I’m sitting in the airport because I’m gonna go. I’m flying to Florida, to Jacksonville, to work for 10 days. I’m doing 10 days and nights, so it should be interesting. Summertime, Florida, nighttime. Weekends. Two weekends. Should have some good trauma, so I’m excited about that.

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