Is it pretty much required to have stellar grades to study medicine?

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  1. MusicEnthusiast macrumors 6502

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    I hear a lot of talk about people who want to study at medical school, lots of premeds here at my university. I go to UW where we have the #1 nursing school in the US and one of the top medical schools as well. I guess since I'm here I feel that those who are accepted to the UW Medical School are geniuses. I'm wondering if it's the same across the whole country. I know grades aren't the most important thing and my interests are not in medicine, but I thought I'd ask you guys.
     
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    ^that. It's about the school you want to get into. I assume of you test well that couldn't hurt.
     
  4. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    In any US med school people have from good to stellar grades. The most imp factor to enter med school is the MCAT. The MCAT is the most imp filter of admission, at least when I entered.
     
  5. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Pretty much. Would you want a B- doctor working on you?
     
  6. mireille macrumors newbie

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    or an A+ doctor with the personality of a charging rhino.

    Also with med schools, more than grades matter. Life experiences count as well.
     
  7. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    Do you get a transcript from all your healthcare providers?
     
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Grades and the MCAT score are the most important factors to getting into a good medical program. "Life experiences" don't really count for much unless they're used to differentiate amongst the cream of the crop.
     
  9. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    No, that's why I expect medical schools to be as stringent as they are.
     
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    In the US, yes. Overseas, money is more important than grades in many cases.
     
  11. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    Granted, but theoretically it doesn't matter if they got As, Bs or Cs as long as they graduated right? :)
     
  12. matbook101 macrumors 6502

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    What? Lets see how you feel when a C doctor misdiagnosis you and you die.
     
  13. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    Well, I'm going to be working in healthcare very shortly, and all the doctors that i've been doing clinicals with have been superb. With med school being so competitive, your grades once you get there aren't as important as the grades you need to get in. They're still important, but less so, due to the sheer stress and nature of med school. I haven't met a doctor yet that was incompetent, and I've been doing clinicals for almost two years at 5 different hospitals/clinics.
     
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    The "weed out" for becoming a physician occurs at the Med School entrance. 30-40% of US applicants typically matriculate each year. Therefore, there is competition to get in. Good grade can be an inication of a commitment to education. Grade, MCAT, and some evidence of dedication to some extracurricular (not "dabbling in a bunch") activity, along with the interview process helps schools determine admissions.

    However, the best physicians are not "geniuses". Being a good clinician involves so much more than being smart. Many "rocket scientists" would make lousy physicians.
     
  15. kolax macrumors G3

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    Not that this answers your question, but great academics aren't always the best doctors. Having top grades doesn't make you a great doctor, the personality and the practical ability/confidence does.

    Tell tale signs of disease/illness aren't written in words on the body. A doctor who can recite every disease and illness and how to treat it would be useless if they couldn't properly analyse someone's body, never mind an academic genius but practical idiot trying to stick an IV in you.
     
  16. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for being level headed. :) You mean everyone's body is unique and diseases present differently in different people because of the differences in people :) :rolleyes: Stay excellent!
     
  17. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Being dismissive will not make you a better physican. Stop watching House.

    What you learn in medical school is a framework of approach to health and disease. An analytical method to which you bring/or augment interpersonal skills, observation acumen, physical examination skills, procedural proficiency, and knowlege of diseases and treatments. Someone who can recite verbatim textbook knowlege or cite medical papers is not necearrily put that information to practical use in the practice of medicine.
     
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    I know about medical education. I'm going through it right now. In addition, I wasn't being dismissive, I was genuinely agreeing with that users post.
     
  19. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Sorry. I guess I read too much into the sarcastic emoji.

    As for med school, been there, done that. ;)
     
  20. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    No Big. Mistakes happen. I can see how that would be misinterpreted fairly easily. the sarcastic emoticons were more or less poking fun - good natured fun mind you - at the 8th grader who apparently got a job offer from apple corporate..
     
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    If he got his/her bad grades in classes that have nothing to do with being a doctor. Sure, why not.
     
  22. matbook101 macrumors 6502

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    Have you seen the tv show "House" :rolleyes:
     
  23. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    Why do you keep following me around this forum?
     
  24. matbook101 macrumors 6502

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    I'm not.
     
  25. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    If you say so..
     

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