Why Science Is Essential For a Career In Medicine



Even for those seeking a career in medicine, Science has traditionally had a reputation for being one of those school subjects that is considered somewhat boring, evoking memories of lessons in classroom laboratories populated with the unmistakable odours of chemicals and the hissing of Bunsen burners. However, it appears that this interpretation of one of the most fascinating subjects in the world is beginning to change among young people; this is highlighted particularly by the fact that there has recently been an increase in the number GCSE students studying science, this includes students taking science, additional science and further additional science.

This is perhaps not so surprising when you consider the fact that the sciences remain the most important subjects for those looking to win a place at medical school. However, getting into medical school is hard, especially when you consider that there are over 10 applicants for every place; therefore you need to ensure that you achieve near to maximum marks in your GCSEs and A-Levels, failure to do so will ensure that you are denied entry. However, while science is one of the core subjects for entry to medical school, you are also expected to get A’s and A*s in a wide range of subjects, especially English Language and Mathematics.

Those who are seeking a career in general healthcare or specialized health care, should consider, not only the importance of the subject of Science in relation to the healthcare industry, but also the importance of scientific thinking in medicine as a whole.As we are all more than aware, scientific thinking is the process of applying logic to the subject of causality and using reasoning to find a path to arrive at an explanation.

This essentially means that when one is attempting to diagnose an illness or disease, it is of the utmost importance that no matter how obvious something may seem, one is required to collate evidence to either prove is disprove the explanation or hypothesis. Every single piece of evidence that you have to back up your theory must be open to scrutiny at every turn and open to re-evaluation if any potentially conflicting evidence emerges. I am sure that you do not to be told that this perfectly highlights the ways in which learned scientific logic can be applied and the way in which it highly complements the medical sphere.

Unlike procedural error, such as dispensing the wrong medicine or failing to follow up results, which can be avoided with greater due care and attention, diagnosis is one aspect of healthcare that is certainly not simple and there is not a well-defined process for the newly-qualified individual to follow and comply with. While there have been a greater number of procedures and checks implemented by pharmacy wholesalers, for example, there a lack of those available to those making a diagnosis of patient; this is where having a naturally scientific brain can pay dividends and make a real difference in ensuring that a patient is diagnosed accurately and effectively in a minimal timeframe.