Medical school is definitely at least half science. And the MCAT is 2/3 science (the writing sample doesn't count much). Maybe you should look into Australian medical schools, I've heard they focus a lot more on clinical care. Of course, how can you be a good doctor if you don't know the way the body works?shildebrecht said:
I guess it matters just how much you don't like it. From your mcat, it seems that you can do it even though it's not your thing. What do you mean when you say you like what surgeons, radiologists "do" everyday? Work with people? Those specialties can be a little repetitive, but I can understand looking for a little bit of that in your career. I think those not looking for too much repetitiveness tend to go into research. I say go for it if you think you would love it.shildebrecht said:
Uh, that would be nearly all of them. Although there is a scientific basis to some medical treatments, what doctors spend their time on is pretty far from science in most cases. If the OP feels he/she has a good sense of the daily life of a physician and would enjoy it, then I don't see what the problem is.MWillie said:Maybe he can be one of those doctors that don't integrate science into his/her care of patients.
yeah, from what I hear, it's all memorization, so the ppl who don't care about science probably have an advantagemr_bertman said:i hate science too but i'm in med school now and i like it fine. just make sure you balance your coursework with non-science things, e.g. reading fiction, writing, whatever. 1st year coursework especially can be boring regardless of whether you like science or not.
when did the OP say he wasn't going to utilize the knowledge he gained from science? Why does "liking" the subject have anything to do with how well you learn/use it?!Scarletbegonias said:oh so you attend medical school with an intense two year study of sciences as they pertain to medicine and then don't utilize that knowledge because "what doctors spend their time on is pretty far from science in most cases." I'm attracted to medicine mainly because of the people interaction part of it too, but I've always had an interest in science, which also attracts me to the profession.
I don't like science particularly...funshine said:hmm, i kinda wondered about that too. A poster claiming not to like science on SDN!!! GASP
No, if anything the relationship is more like that between science and engineering. The goal of medicine is not to generate knowledge, and the goal of science is not to treat patients. Also, "applying the scientific process to individuals," i.e. experimenting on people to see what happens, will get you thrown in jail in this country, or at least sued for malpractice.logos said:Medicine = Science. Its all about applying both scientific information and scientific processes to individuals.
medicine doesn't equal science. if anything, you were more correct by saying that medicine is a bridge between science and people, but even then it's not like we can just use terms like "medicine" and "science" as if they were well-defined concepts. if, when you think of science, you think of the citric acid cycle and memorizing the names of all the muscles in the leg, then i don't think there's any real harm in disliking science, as long as you're able to keep looking ahead towards the big picture of your actual medical practice, when knowing those things probably won't matter anymore. but, if you dislike scientific process in medicine, e.g. forming and investigating hypotheses in clinical settings, appreciating the benefits of a new medical intervention, etc, then you run the risk of letting your distaste for clinical science affect the treatment of your patients.logos said:Medicine = Science. Its all about applying both scientific information and scientific processes to individuals.
I would have a pretty hard time imagining someone who doesnt like science really loving medicine. But then again, the science and the idea of the the bridge between the science and other people was what drew me to medicine.