Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Worcester, MA
Bikes: '07 Specialized Tarmac
Undergraduate major is not as important as your grades in the prerequisite courses and the MCAT. You will be asked about it on your interview, however, so be prepared with an explanation of how you came to decide on a medical career after a non-traditional undergrad program. Volunteering, working in a lab, doing research (especially at the place you are applying) will all help to support your application and keep it out of the trash bin, unless your grades are inadequate.
That being said, I've seen (and interviewed) medical students who had previously done ballet, art (illustrations), worked in a lab, nursing. These are successful students, applying for a residency, that I'm talking about. Usually, there's some story like 'I worked with this doctor who inspired me', or 'I volunteered at the hospital and thought I would like to be like Dr. X', or 'When my mom was sick, I really appreciated how well Dr. X took care of her -- I wanted to be someone like that'.
I've even heard 'I knew I would never get the chance to take a class like that again' as the explanation for some unusual selections, and I was pretty impressed with that answer. It made me believe that the candidate was someone who wanted to be well-rounded, and also was astute enough to realize the fleeting opportunity that college provides.