How relaxed is too relaxed?
September 20, 2012 8:44 PM Subscribe
How much does a light courseload weigh against you on a medical school application?
posted by anonymous to education (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am in the process of preparing to apply for medical school, but I come from a somewhat non-standard background. My undergraduate degree is in music performance, and consequently I took essentially no undergraduate science courses the whole time.
I decided that I instead wanted to be a doctor, so I am now back in school to get the appropriate pre-requisite science classes. To reduce stress I figured that it would make more sense to take only one or two courses per semester while I studied for the MCAT, after which I would send in my application.
The problem is that I've heard now that some universities frown on having too light a courseload, and that it looks a lot better if you have a transcript that shows a few years of 5 courses/semester to back things up. As it stands I'm just now in the position where I could spend the next two years taking a whole bunch of not-necessary courses, or I could just finish up the few that I need and not worry about it.
So how much does it matter? Will they just toss my application aside because I took my science courses a few at a time? Is it one of those things that... does... matter, but with a good GPA and a good MCAT score, all can be forgiven?
(This is for Canadian/American medical school applications)