Preparing for Medical School
A Premedical Major is Not RequiredIt should be noted that Yale students majoring in one of the humanities or social sciences have enjoyed the same rate of acceptance to medical schools as science majors. In recent years, the average rate of acceptance has been 92%.
Yale offers students the opportunity to fulfill premedical requirements without the restrictions of a specific "premedical major." Students are encouraged to pursue a course of study which is compatible with their interests and needs. Most premedical students major in one of the sciences, although this is not mandatory. A student who loves composing, for instance, may choose to major in music while also taking science courses. The philosophies of education, specific premedical course requirements, and other qualifications for enrollment vary among the nation's medical schools. However, all medical schools recognize the desirability of a broad education: strong foundations in the natural sciences, well-developed communication skills, and a solid background in the social sciences and humanities.
Most medical schools require one year each of biology, physics, chemistry, and organic chemistry with laboratories. Most schools further require a year of college level mathematics and English. An Advanced Placement course from high school is not a substitute for any of these, but may be used to qualify for a higher level course in a particular department. Although not required by most medical schools, advanced biology courses with particular relevance to medicine such as biochemistry, cell biology and genetics may be helpful. Experience with computer science, statistics and psychology is becoming increasingly important to those who wish to engage in virtually any health career. Some require additional coursework. These requirements are listed in Medical School Admission Requirements as well as in medical school catalogs and are available in the Resource Library of Career Services at 1 Hillhouse Avenue.
The basic requirements for admission to medical school in the United States are listed below.
||One year (Any Chemistry [except organic] or MB&B lecture course)
||One year (Any Chemistry [except organic] or MB&B laboratory course)
|Organic Chemistry Laboratory
||One year (Chem 125, 220a/221b, or 225) One year (Chem 126L, 222La and 223Lb, or 226L)
||One year (Any course) One year
||One year (Any course) One year
||At least through Math 115
||One year (Any course)
A student pursuing an MB&B degree will satisfy most specific course requirements for medical schools as a consequence of fulfilling degree requirements. It is important to emphasize that while Advanced Placement courses may satisfy requirements to earn a MB&B degree, these do not substitute for the general requirements for medical schools stated above. For instance, if a student places out of Introductory Biology and Biology Lab with a sufficient score on an Advanced Placement Exam, the student must still take a course in Biology (a higher level course) while in college to satisfy the medical school biology requirement. Note also that courses MB&B 300 and MB&B 301, Principles of Biochemistry are counted towards the chemistry and not the biology requirement for medical schools.