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Think about what kind of future appeals to you. Do you like challenges? Are you interested in science and how the body works? Do you care deeply about other people, their problems, and their pain? Are you a good listener? Do you enjoy learning? Are you intrigued by the ways medicine can be used to improve life?
If you answered “Yes” to most of these questions, chances are you have the right personality for a career in medicine. Talk to a career counselor or pre-health advisor to learn more and help determine if this is the right choice for you.
Gardner-Webb University’s Pre-Professional Pre-Med track will guide you through a curriculum selection within your major ideally suited to prepare you for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and the varying requirements of medical schools.
Professional program requirements vary widely, especially with regard to advanced biology courses and English requirements. Be sure to check all graduate programs you are considering applying to early during your undergraduate studies for specific prerequisites needed to apply to that school’s program.
Within Gardner-Webb’s pre-professional employment track, you will want to review the Biology major, Chemistry Major Pre-Health Concentration, and the Exercise Science Pre-Professional Concentration four-year plan as a guide to preparing for Medical School.
The most common prerequisite courses include:
Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the opens in a new windowAcademic Catalog.
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Physicians diagnose and care for people of all ages who are ill or have been injured. They take medical histories, perform physical examinations, conduct diagnostic tests, recommend and provide treatment, and advise patients on their overall health and well-being. While there are several different types of physicians, they can usually be divided into three broad categories:
Primary care physicians are the doctors patients usually visit most frequently. They treat a wide range of illnesses and regularly provide preventive care, and they also enjoy long-term relationships with their patients. Pediatricians, family practitioners and general internists are primary care physicians.
Surgeons perform operations to treat diseases and repair injuries.
Specialists have expertise related to specific diseases as well as body parts, organs, and systems. Cardiologists, oncologists, neurologists, and ophthalmologists are examples of specialists. The AAMC’s Careers in Medicine website contains information about various specialties in medicine.
opens in a new windowThe AAMC’s Careers in Medicine website contains information about various specialties in medicine.