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Engineering for a premed student. Is it doable??

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I got into Ryerson's undeclared engineering program. Im kind of leaning towards biomedical engineering right now and I want to become a doctor. Is it possible to maintain a GPA high enough for medical school? I like the idea of a solid plan B but many people say that its an unnecessary risk. What are your thoughts?
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Its not unheard of...but keep in mind that if you take a degree in biomedical engineering you will most likely have to go to grad school since its still fairly new.
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Go for it. You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it.

Plus, you may not even want to become a doctor once you realize what you can accomplish as a biomedical engineer.

Doctors only get to TREAT one patient using drugs/tools available to them, but biomedical engineers actually get to CURE diseases and DEVELOP A SOLUTION to a biomedical problem that affects thousands of patients.

I personally would want to become a biomedical engineer more so than a doctor, but hey, that's just me. (Actually, I don't want to become either to be honest... I'm more of an analog IC type of guy...)
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I got into Ryerson's undeclared engineering program. Im kind of leaning towards biomedical engineering right now and I want to become a doctor. Is it possible to maintain a GPA high enough for medical school? I like the idea of a solid plan B but many people say that its an unnecessary risk. What are your thoughts?




Certainly not impossible, but engineering undergrad is not an ideal path to med school.

It's not so much the difficulty as it is the relevance of what you learn. A medical school student is not going to need multivariable calculus or physics or programming - he needs biology and chemistry. Yes you will get to learn bio and chem in engineering but you have to suffer through the calculus and physics at the same time and in the end you've learned all that crap for nothing.

In life science, you're pretty much done with such courses after first year and then you focus exclusively on med school relevant material. So life science is a better path to med school. It's not easier or harder, just more fruitful.

Biomed engineering should be a path to, well, biomed engineering. You know, stuff like modelling DNA with computers or connecting prosthetic limbs to the nervous system. It ties in to med school work but makes good use of all those extra things you learned besides bio/chem.
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