General Do I Have to Take Statistics? I really hate it.

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    Lee Sleestack
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    I'd say yes, or at least put it in the 'strongly encouraged' column. Although not every medical school requires it, statistics is the most important field of mathematics that a physician can study. Unlike some other courses (calculus comes to mind), you'll use it for the rest of your medical career. Take a look at this primer on statistics for medical practice.

    If you hate stats, your instructor probably did not make the topic interesting. This is an immediately applicable field of mathematics, so it should be relevant and fascinating. Go into your college stats with an open mind and look for ways you can apply it to your daily life -- I think you'll be surprised at how useful it is!

    Here's a good post from the forums on this exact question: Do I need statistics for premed?
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