Saturday, August 18, 2007

Preparing for a career in sleep medicine

Dear Sir,
I am currently enrolling for classes at Brigham Young University - Idaho. I have an interest in sleep therapy and sleep studies. I was wondering if you could offer me some advice as to what kind of Bachelors degree would best suit this line of work. I was thinking that Biology might prepare me the best for medical school. I was wondering if a degree in psychology would be better? I was also thinking about minoring in Health Science. Would this help my occupational and academic choices later on in the field of sleep studies? Thank you for your time.

My response to this letter from a reader:

Sorry about the time to get back to you.

The best type of Bachelors degree would be the one to prepare you for medical school. Any major would be fine, but you will need to take a yr of bio, chem, physics, and organic chem during college, preferably in the first 2 years. Some med schools require calculus. A class in basic statistics would be also be helpful. It would be easiest to fit these pre-med requirements into a bio or biochem major, but you can take any major. Don’t worry about planning for a sleep career until near the end of med school.

Good luck

Michael Rack, MD


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