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Forum Name: Becoming a Medical Student

Question: high school student

tgr1scr17 - Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:11 am

im interested in oncology. I was just wondering what classes I would need to take in college to help me have a better chance to get into med school and what would help me the most in the oncology field.
happylouyear - Mon Sep 19, 2005 2:21 am

I am a 4th year medical student.
The most important thing for you if you want to explore your interest in oncology is to get into medicine in the first place.
To get into medicine, you need high grades, involvement in your community and a well-balanced personnality (I. e. other interests).
As for oncology, you will be able to specialize in that field after premed, 4 years of medicine, 3 years of internal medicine and then you will do a fellowship in oncology.
In short, you will have a lot of time to learn about this field, so I suggest you take any classes that you are interested in for now. What might relate to oncology include immunology as it relates to cancer treatments.
Good luck.
gstep - Sat Dec 31, 2005 6:55 pm

The most important High School subjects for any type of Medical Profession, is all the various Science's and Math. Most students hate these classes and will always ask "when will we ever use this stuff". In the Medical field you will use "this stuff" daily. If you don't learn it now you will have to take and pass these classes before you even start the college level Science's and Math. Good Luck!

med-geek - Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:48 am

[quote="gstep"]Most students hate these classes and will always ask "when will we ever use this stuff". In the Medical field you will use "this stuff" daily.


Do the necessary classes include Calculus (Math 31). It is a university level course offered in high school. I'm doing alright in it but I want to know if I will need it in the medical field. Does anyone know if it is used?

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