(Original post by Blorcyn)
Ok, no problem.
To answer your question then: Yes, however, not for the reasons you've expressed. Mathematical problems are very different to the 'problems' in PBL and if you look at the pdf that Democracy posted you should be able to see what I mean.
There are a lot of numbers in them but they're not really numbers that you plug into equations, they're results that you are comparing to normal values and ranges.
You then have to go away and look up from multiple sources (/wikipedia,
) what these symptoms and values mean in the context of the patient that you're concerned with. You have to sift through a lot of written information, make notes and pick out what's relevant.
I'd say these sort of skills are ones you'd develop more in English Literature or Geography.
Maths would be useful because of the fundamental skills you mentioned earlier. The reason I argued it was a null point though is because you'd develop them in the other subjects that the OP mentioned, also.
Specifically, Maths may be very helpful to you pre-med school as it's got a lot of cross over with Chemistry. I did physics at AS and I found the more mathematical sections, mechanics and such, did enhance my understanding of my A-level chemistry. However, the general calibre of student going for medicine means they often don't need this and I was able to puzzle my way through A2 without physics, without too much added difficulty. It's not necessary.
Courses like Geography and English encourage you to engage a wider skill set that you will need at medical school but may find diminished if you spend 2 years in your school science labs. Again, it's not necessary, but I think it's a harder thing to pick up and is much more applicable to the style of work you'd do on a PBL course.
Personally, I find it easier to self learn mathematical skills than linguistic ones and it's for that reason that I'm recommending English Lit to the OP. However
, don't be demoralised, the majority of med applicants seem to have studied maths and you're obviously not disadvantaged. Regarding the entire debate, personal preference is the biggest and most important factor.