Is a medical career right for me?
- Do you enjoy science (especially biology) and mathematics?
- Are you a strong student academically and disciplined in your study habits?
- Are you prepared to be a student for the rest of your life?
- Do you care about people and about meeting their physical needs?
- Are you willing to work long hours, and are you able to balance your academic and extracurricular life?
- Can you handle correction and constructive criticism?
- Are you willing to forgive yourself for your shortcomings and to continually strive to become better?
- Do you feel that God has called you into a life of service?
If you can answer “yes” to many of these questions, and if you’re willing to improve in the other areas, perhaps a career in medicine is for you.
Which high school courses should I take before entering college?
To prepare for the rigor of college-level science courses, it’s recommended that you take the highest levels of math and science courses offered at your high school. Taking AP science courses (and AP tests) are excellent preparation for developing effective study skills and content mastery. However, most Cedarville premed students will still choose to take all of their premed science courses on campus as excellent preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and eventually for medical school.
For students who enroll in Cedarville’s dual enrollment courses (online college courses for high school students), most premed students enroll in science courses as an undergraduate student. However, taking dual enrollment courses that fulfill the general educational courses required for graduation can be helpful. These credits earned prior to beginning college allow students to off-load some of their heavier college semesters.
What nonacademic preparation would be helpful before college?
Begin talking with medical professionals and seek opportunities to shadow them or to volunteer in medical settings. You could also research different careers in medicine while still in high school. There are a variety of medical-related occupations that can be very fulfilling that you may not have considered. Consider other fields such as physician assistant, dentistry, nursing, nurse practioner, pharmacy, podiatry, and occupational, physical, or speech therapy.