Wayfaring MD

I am a family medicine resident who likes to highlight the hilarious in medicine as I write about patients, medical school, residency, medical missions, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

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i am a senior in high school who is number 38 out of 603 students =[ i am really interested in surgery and my best subjects were always bio and chem (i took them at an honors level and now i am taking college chem just cause). but i am really bad in my math class even though i am one of the best students in my college chem class for the mathematical portion (maybe its because i can conceptualize it). with my ranking and shaky math background, would you recommend that i don't consider premed?
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

Ugh, the numbers game

First off, 38 out of 603 puts you in the top 10%, which is great, actually. So don’t worry about that ranking.

Second, everyone is bad at something. For me, it was physics and organic chemistry. For you, it’s math. So what? Yes, there’s a little bit of math required to be pre-med, but there’s very little math on the MCAT and very little in actual medical school. So don’t let one shaky class keep you from trying to achieve your goal. If you want to be pre-med, be pre-med. Don’t set set yourself up to lose before you even start playing, though. 

  1. breakingspooky said: since when do people think being in the top 10% is bad?
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