Does Harvard have a pre-medicine program?


Dr. Suzanne M. Miller, Harvard premed

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I was a Harvard "premed" myself and a former co-chair of the Harvard Eliot House PreMed Committee.

The key thing to remember is that "pre-med" is not a major. It's just a designation used by many to state they are taking coursework required for medical school admissions. This coursework includes: 1 year of biology with lab (most medical school want 1 semester of "little" biology, i.e. genetics, and 1 semester of "big" biology, i.e. evolution) 1 year of inorganic chemistry with lab 1 year of organic chemistry with lab 1 year of physics with lab 1 year of math (stats counts) 1 year of English with a writing component

Other helpful courses to consider given the new MCAT (and that some medical schools are starting to require these courses) Biochemistry Psychology Sociology

Hope this helps!

--Dr. Miller

Tracy Jennings, Works at Noodle and here to help!

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No, Harvard does not specifically have a premedicine course of study that students can take as a major/minor.

However, Harvard does offer extensive advising to students interested in the medical field, which assists students who are interested in applying to medical school. I also recommend reviewing Harvard's Career Services handbook about medical fields — it reviews medical schools' coursework requirements and suggests different classes to prepare you during your undergraduate studies.

David H. Nguyen, Education Consultant, College Lecturer, PhD

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Harvard does not have a pre-med program for its undergraduate students, but does have one for people who have already graduated with a bachelor’s degree. The Premedical Program is part of Harvard’s Extension School for adults who want to continue or supplement their education.

It will be helpful to know that any person in any major can be pre-med. Being pre-med means that you are taking the pre-requisite courses for getting into medical school and for doing well on the MCAT exam. These courses are general biology, organic chemistry, general chemistry, physics, psychology, and neuroscience.

I’ve heard many physicians say during pre-med info sessions that they regret majoring in biology or science during college because once they started medical school, it was non-stop biology for at least another seven years (four years of medical school followed by residencies). Those who majored in the humanities got their share of non-science training in before the onslaught of biology overtook them.

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