Is medicine more of biology or chemistryWatch
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I would say more biology than chemistry in concept, but there is a lot of biochemistry which is more chemistry than biology. Also chemistry seems to have a higher academic standing as a A level. I was surprised to meet a medical student who didnt have Biology A level - I lent her my A level text book. In truth you probably ideally want both.
You'll cover some very basic chemistry over the duration of the course but only briefly and not in depth (e.g. understanding local anaesthetics, acid-base balance, VERY basic calculations during pharmacy teaching). Even where it is covered, you could get by without really understanding it. There's nothing like the organic reactions, inorganic stuff you learn at A-level. I hesistate to completely understand why you need it at A-level but I'm sure there are general principles that help and that I overlooked at the time and have since bypassed when exactly some of those things help me understand the medicine I use today.
The majority of the pre-clinical aspects of the course are similar to biology in that it is learning a lot of information and just rembering it, there isn't much complexity to its understanding. Physiology is the branch that's generally closest to this. Of course once you get into the clinical aspect too, medicine becomes its own thing and then you tend to forget (as not using) that basic biology/chemistry foundation you covered briefly in the first semester of your first year.
Hi - I'm a first year medical student. There are no two ways about it that medicine is challenging but any degree is especially in your first year when you are getting used to new teaching methods and more independent studying and possibly living. What probably makes medicine differ from other courses is the vast volume of new words and concepts. However if you are willing to work hard and stay focused you will be able to succeed. Certainly in my medicine course, medicine is mainly biology based, perhaps if you are really enjoying both chemistry and biology so much you could consider biochemistry if you're not sure about medicine?
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