My name’s Ahmed and I am the 2015-2016 UH-AMSA Webmaster. Below are my recommendations for most science majors (biology, biochemistry, etc.). If you have any questions please comment below.
- Be cautious about taking more than 15 hours your first semester at UH.
- Take at most 3 science classes, anymore than 3 can be difficult.
- Try to avoid taking summer classes if possible because it is valuable time you could be interning during. Also, medical schools don’t regard summer classes as highly as courses taken in the fall and spring semesters.
- Always take lab with lecture if you can (for example Chemistry 1/2 Labs with Chemistry 1/2 Lectures, Physics 1/2 Labs with Physics 1/2 Lectures). Also, taking Organic Chemistry 1/2 Lab with Lecture is ideal but not at all necessary.
- Rate My Professors is generally a good website to get an idea of what professors are like in terms of grading and such. However, keep in mind that posts come from both students who’ve done well and students who’ve done not so well so there will be bias. Take everything you read with a grain of salt.
- Join the Honors College (taking the Human Situation is NOT a requirement to join, neither is pursuing University Honors a requirement to join).
- Honors College science classes can be a bit more difficult than the regular sections, but getting good grades in them look great on your resume.
- You should declare a minor in Medicine & Society. It shows medical schools that you know more than just the sciences and that you’re moreover knowledgeable about current events and past history. Plus, the classes are fun and eye-opening.
- Do not take filler classes unless your GPA is not on the high side and you want to bring your GPA to around the average of entering medical students. That information can be found here.
- Study for the MCAT as soon as complete your sophomore year, and take the MCAT in either late August or early September your junior year. A lot of students wait to study for their MCAT the summer before their senior year which can be risky because if you don’t get the score that you want you may not have time to retake the exam.
- Start writing your personal statement the summer before your senior year.
- Be a proactive student, be always on the lookout for opportunities and take advantage of the ones that will best suit your needs.
If you would like to know anything else please comment below. Also, feel free to talk with any of the officers at any of our general meetings, use Facebook to connect with us, etc. UH-AMSA is here to enrich the UH pre-med experience and we’ll do whatever we can to accomplish and exceed that goal.