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Last edited by Med2018; 11-11-2017 at 13:35.
- 12-10-2017 11:40
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(Original post by Med2018)
- 12-10-2017 11:43
Hello everyone, I'm applying to study medicine after my current degree but am having a bit of a dilemma. My dissertation is a lab based research project. I didn't get my first choice of project and didn't fully know what my second choice project involves. Turns out most of it consists of practical molecular biology experiments (PCR, gel electrophoresis etc) which I've managed to avoid up until now, so am very inexperienced.
I'll admit, I'm finding it hard and feel out of my depth in that lab group and like I shouldn't be there. I don't enjoy it because I'm not the biggest fan of lab work and have very little interest in molecular biology but I'm of course going to try my best with it because a) I can't change it and b) I want to get the best final degree classification to apply to med school.
This all has led to me having a slight confidence crisis. How likely am I to do this kind of molecular biology at medical school? Short-term stuff is fine, even interesting, but I can't imagine having to do this stuff constantly
- 12-10-2017 18:17
Literally none at my medical school - it's not a lab science degree.
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- 12-10-2017 18:31
It will depend on the Medical School. We had a few practicals doing that stuff in our first year but nothing much after that. If the Medical School you go to does do that stuff, it will be a very small amount.
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- 13-10-2017 18:16
Absolute **** all. You need to know the basic theory of how DNA replication, transcription and translation work. Then a very small amount on what each of the main techniques are (e.g. what is PCR and how can it be used for testing for viruses etc). In terms of actual practical knowledge/skills in how to perform all the stuff, you'll never have to do it.
- 13-10-2017 18:26
Basically none at all at most medical schools and very little at some medical schools.
Southampton have a 4 month research project at the start of your third year and some students choose to do a laboratory project and some choose to write a literature review or do an audit.
I think the more traditional courses will contain more lab work but again very little overall.
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- 13-10-2017 19:59
At Oxford, possibly the most traditional med school, you do 1 day performing PCRs and another 4 or 5 biochemistry practical half-days that involved some electrophoresis. You also had various other practicals but they occupied at most two afternoons per week. That was it. And even that is infinitely more than many med schools.
If you were a grad you'd probably skip this though, so, literally none.