• SDN Site Updates

    Hey everyone! The site will be down for approximately 2 hours on Thursday, August 5th for site updates.

  • How To ACE Your Medical School Interview

    In this webinar hosted by SDN with experts from BeMo Academic Consulting, you will learn a simple five-step process to help you translate your interview invitation into an acceptance.

LoneRising

New Member
10+ Year Member
Nov 18, 2008
5
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Non-Student
I understand that this doesn't fit into residency issues, but I'm looking for some serious answers here, so I figured I should go to the place where most of the people who are already fully qualified doctors post.
No pun intended for med students or anything.

I've got a passion for medicine, I really want to spend my life helping people. I want to go into the surgical area of medicine, but there's a rather large road block, I'm no good at science, also, the only science that ever really interested me was biology. Am I to understand in this that there is no hope for me becoming a surgeon? :confused:

I'm in the UK in my last year of actual high school, before I do 6th form where I drop all but the subjects required to access the courses I want in university, and at the moment I've got my first out of 2 GCSEs in Science, grade C.

Okay, I'm going sort of off track here, but the question I'm trying to ask is this, Do I have any chance of becoming a doctor at all if I'm not good at science? I suspect the answer is no, but there's no harm in hoping.
:help:
 
About the Ads

saveourpens

Full Member
10+ Year Member
May 12, 2008
850
120
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
No, you don't have to be naturally "good" at science, whatever that means, to do well in science course. You just have to work hard.
 

Law2Doc

5K+ Member
Moderator Emeritus
10+ Year Member
Dec 20, 2004
30,876
10,044
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
No, you don't have to be naturally "good" at science, whatever that means, to do well in science course. You just have to work hard.

It's going to be tough to get good advice relating to the UK on this board -- it is mostly populated by the US crowd. In the US, you don't have to be a science person to go into medicine -- plenty of folks take no science in college and do a year or two "postbac" program to take the premedical prereqs after they receive their BA/BS. In the UK, as I understand it, you have to select medicine at a much younger age, and there is fairly high attrition -- you can fail out of the medicine track there. So in that case, i suspect you do have to be good at sciences at a much younger age.
 

CScull

Is Positive, O Positive
10+ Year Member
Nov 1, 2008
2,891
0
Taco Bell-ish
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Pharmacy
You don't have to be really good at science, but it will be much much harder to do well in classes at the college level if you don't understand the material now. You can choose anything for a major and it won't have a big impact on med schools. You will need to do well though; especially in pre-reqs. Most of these pre-reqs however ARE science based.
 

xnfs93hy

Full Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Jun 24, 2008
2,243
85
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
You don't have to be really good at science, but it will be much much harder to do well in classes at the college level if you don't understand the material now. You can choose anything for a major and it won't have a big impact on med schools. You will need to do well though; especially in pre-reqs. Most of these pre-reqs however ARE science based.
I was under the impression that all of the med school requisites were science based. Another thing the OP can do is a post bacc program which has already been mentioned.
 

Depakote

Pediatric Anesthesiologist
Moderator Emeritus
15+ Year Member
Nov 2, 2004
20,793
107
SOCMOB
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
I was under the impression that all of the med school requisites were science based. Another thing the OP can do is a post bacc program which has already been mentioned.

Many med schools require a semester (or two?) of English and some require Calc (some even require Calc II). I guess you could group the latter in with sciences since they calculate math courses in with your science GPA when you apply to med schools.
 

LoneRising

New Member
10+ Year Member
Nov 18, 2008
5
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Non-Student
I'm using this forum because I'm hoping to do my internship or even my studying too in the US.
Anyway, this year I intend to make a vast improvement on my science, I believe I may not have much of an interest in science because no teacher has ever had the time or the want to explain anything to me, I guess I'm going to be spending a lot of time doing science revision this year! :/

Everytime I come on these forums I have another question, if you're on call in the hospital at night, is it quiet? Or is there still a rather fair amount of noise?
 

Law2Doc

5K+ Member
Moderator Emeritus
10+ Year Member
Dec 20, 2004
30,876
10,044
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
Everytime I come on these forums I have another question, if you're on call in the hospital at night, is it quiet? Or is there still a rather fair amount of noise?

Depends what you mean by quiet. It's not noisy in terms of sound volume, just a variety of beeping machines, patient moans/snoring, and various hospital personnel gabbing. But if you mean quiet as opposed to busy, the answer is, it depends. You will have many many nights at the hospital where you get no sleep as a resident. People don't put their health on hold until dawn.

As for your prior question, if you plan to do medical training (as you said "internship") in the US, they it pays to do your college schooling in the US, since a fairly low percentage of non-US students land US residencies.
 
About the Ads
This thread is more than 12 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.