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I've been told that there is no math on the MCAT. I was just wondering what type of mathematics you need to know to be a doctor?

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Basic algebra is about all you need, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to have a decent understanding of integrals and derivatives.
 

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We take a biostatistics class in the first year of med school. Nothing more difficult than that, but a background in math can help you out a bit.
If you go into prev med or epidemiology you'll need to know statistics, etc. For others not so much - mostly the math you need comes from calculating the dosage of medication a patient needs.
 

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I've been told that there is no math on the MCAT. I was just wondering what type of mathematics you need to know to be a doctor?

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I think that you need basically a decent grasp on algebra and trig, thats all the math in physics and chem on the mcat. However for medical school its good to have a capacity for statistics and have taken a class in it.
 

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I think that you need basically a decent grasp on algebra and trig, thats all the math in physics and chem on the mcat. However for medical school its good to have a capacity for statistics and have taken a class in it.
Expecting to see many right triangles as an MD???
 

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I don't think even algebra...basics (add, subtract, multiply, divide). Even with the formulas, they're all in epocrates (though you still need to know formulas for USMLE).
 

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I think that you need basically a decent grasp on algebra and trig, thats all the math in physics and chem on the mcat. However for medical school its good to have a capacity for statistics and have taken a class in it.
I agree with this. :thumbup:

Also, some schools require math. It might be a general requirement like 1 or 2 semestesr of college-level math, or a semester of stat or calculus. A few schools require 2 semesters of calc.

This is a few years old, so some of these may have changed, but it's helpful.
http://www.cse.emory.edu/sciencenet/additional_math_reqs.pdf