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I recently took AP Biology and skimmed through some college bio textbooks. It just all seems like a bunch of memorization of complex terms and no real "connection". How exactly would this all be useful in medical school, and then onto, say, dentistry? I don't really see how a dentist would use terms like RNA Polymerase in their job. Any help is appreciated!
 

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Evolution and theory don't apply as much, but understanding human physiology, how the cell works, and genetics are all really relevant for learning medicine if not practicing medicine. The tie in with physio and genetics is obvious, but understanding cell dynamics is important because it's fundamental to the pathogenesis of many disease (and is still tested in medical school exams).
 

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A lot of this is also just a base from which you can build more directly relevant medical knowledge.
 

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I recently took AP Biology and skimmed through some college bio textbooks. It just all seems like a bunch of memorization of complex terms and no real "connection". How exactly would this all be useful in medical school, and then onto, say, dentistry? I don't really see how a dentist would use terms like RNA Polymerase in their job. Any help is appreciated!
See the above post. The prereqs are just foundation, and a form of hoop you need to jump through. You won't use any of it. But that's also a bad attitude to have because frankly most of what you'll learn in med or dental school won't be useful information for your ultimate subspecialty either. If you are the kind of person who continuously asks "why do I need to know this?" You will have a horrible time on a professional path. Break out of that mindset fast. This isn't a vocational school where the goal is to learn just enough to do the job and nothing more.
 
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