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Applying to Duke-NUS Med with no science background - possible?

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Rena Tan
VIP 93 days ago


i want to go to duke nus and become a psych. this is after doing a course in psychology. 

i am now beefing up my CV by doing some shadowing work etc. the problem is, i have ZERO science knowledge, having not done many science modules in school. i was an arts student.

im not sure how prepared i will be for the MCAT. anyone has suggestions or feedback?

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neptunesturdy
91 days ago

If you have accepted that it is near impossible and still wish to continue, I suggest some resources below.

Shadowing doctors is, in my opinion, stupid and a complete waste of time. If you want to beef up your CV, the time is better used to impact lives like doing volunteer work and research. If you know this is what you want and prepared to make the sacrifices, you do not need a re-affirmation of becoming a doctor.

I am not sure if this is going to be encouraging or discouraging but it is no big deal if you studied arts in JC, there are even mid-career accountants switching to medicine.

[MCAT]: http://www.wikipremed.com/

Best resource in the web. Technically possible to use this alone to sit for MCAT.

[Coursera]: https://www.coursera.org/

It started about a year ago and the list of courses is massive. There is one on medical neuroscience offered by Duke University that might (or maybe should) interest you

*Why '3'? It is just a rule of thumb used by planners to give leeway for unexpected bumps to happen. I use '3' because an architecture prof also uses it. You might need to increase that multiplier since yours will take even longer. You don't need to follow my planning style but if you don't plan, you have no direction and will easily give up. Don't underestimate the power of planning!

Rena Tan
64 days ago

oh my god thank you for the links!!

>_< it is really near impossible which is why i want to commit myself to this now. (actually it is impossible, but one can make the impossible possible hahaha!)

point taken on shadowing doctors. but i still would like to try once. i'm sure volunteer work is going to affirm my decision of becoming a doctor, and i think shadowing them would leave an imprint even further. (but i think i would be a nuisance to them...)

i do know of some too and it's very encouraging, and knowing that even they struggle too reaffirms how difficult it is, but somewhere in my heart i still want to practice psychiatry. idk whether this makes sense, but it's their perseverance and their ability to pull through even when they switch mid career that inspires me.

yup, i'm in the midst of planning. actually it'll be multiplied by thousands since have to start from scratch! and i realise that the MCAT and admissions aren't the end to my 'suffering' so i definitely have to work harder than those who are science-inclined.

i wanted to concentrate on clinical psych initially, but i realised i like some parts of medicine. so to learn that, go through the rotation and see people from all walks of life (not just through psychiatry alone) would be really nice.

Darren Teo
17 days & 21h ago
I disagree with u. shadowing doctors is very important, as it shows some commitment to finding out what docs actually do, and its often not as glamorous as most people make it out to be, especially when u are junior doctor. i think that this is what interviewers look out for when they interview candidates - that you know that its not all glory and respect, but really a lot of saigang and long hours are involved, which can also be very thankless. by shadowing junior docs, u will be able to experience that first hand, and can bring up these points during ur interview. 
densemonths
92 days ago

Firstly, however hard you know it is of going to graduate medical school should be multiplied by 3*. Most people like you would realize that it is near impossible because of time (commitments), money and ability capacity...

neptunesturdy
90 days ago

why don't you want to concentrate on clinical psychology?

tricepswidespread
89 days ago

If you want to do Psychiatry, you will need to do the Medical Degree and then Masters in Psychiatry.

Don't worry..In psychology you do not use a lot of science.. some but not a lot, some biology, chem, physics(few)..I would recommend you to read some neuroscience or basic psychology textbooks if you really want to read something.

stragnetplanum
88 days ago

You are looking at 4 years undergrad, 4 years Duke NUS, and another 2 years for Psychiatry. If your parents are paying and they can afford it, you will probably be better off going overseas to Australia or the UK to do your Medicine degree and then your Masters at the same time.

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