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Will minors help in becoming a good doctor?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by JoyKim456, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. JoyKim456

    JoyKim456 2+ Year Member

    May 29, 2014
    I'm not talking about admissions, I am talking about education. If someone has a minor in business or finance, or a difficult subject that requires you to think critically, will that help them as a doctor? Because being a good doctor means to have to have a sense of economy, business, have problem solving skills, and have a lot of knowledge. Yet I always see people not giving minors any importance.
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  3. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Moderator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 5+ Year Member

    Nov 4, 2011
    Alta California
    Minors have no importance to us. If you have one, it should have importance to you.
  4. gettheleadout

    gettheleadout MS-3 Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2010
    I think you're confusing formally earning a minor in college with having knowledge and skill in some field.
    Aerus, Mr Roboto, VVH1003 and 4 others like this.
  5. claduva94

    claduva94 2+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    You will be much better off taking classes you are interested in as opposed to having to abide by the structure of a minor.
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  6. chocolatethunder

    chocolatethunder 2+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 2013
    New York
    If you are genuinely interested, you can obtain the same knowledge with a couple of books from your local library.
  7. IncognitoGuy

    IncognitoGuy life of leisure Physician 5+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2011
    There's "thinking critically" in class and "thinking critically" on, say.. Wall St. Guess which one a minor applies to?
  8. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Minor in a second language.
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  9. Baron Samedi

    Baron Samedi 7+ Year Member

    May 30, 2010
    I took birdwatching in college. It was the hardest class I've ever taken, including medical school courses. I had to memorize over 200 species of birds by sight and by their calls. I had to trudge around in the snow at 6am with a set of binoculars and a copy of the Sibley Guide to North American Birds(which I highly recommend) and make weekly logs of birds I saw in the woods. I would say that, as a doctor, birdwatching taught me more about being a doctor than any other course. Why?

    Because it got me used to waking up at 5am, memorizing a bunch of seemingly useless trivia, and taught my to document everything. Point is, any experience can contribute to your education if you maximize its potential.
  10. Flashfan

    Flashfan 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2010
    Classes in personal finance, personal investing, business law, ethics. organizational management, how to manage employees of workplace regulations, data management, and a project management class would all be good to have. However, most of this could be done with self-study.

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