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# I'm not good at math. Can I still be a doctor?

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## Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Jeff! Of course! There are many tutors on college campus that can help with math. Math is not my forte either, but I studied and even took my MCAT without a calculator. For the MCAT I would advise Leah4Sci because she has great MCAT math related videos and teaches you tricks and tips to do MCAT math without a calculator. You don't have to worry about it now but for the future if you do take the MCAT. Just study for now and get tutor help when needed. Statistics is important in medical school, so definitely do take a course in that and make sure to focus on the topics covered. It's actually a pretty interesting class, I took the math and psych of it and learned tons! You will do well!

Best of luck!

Best of luck!

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## Katherine’s Answer

I have terrible math anxiety and I'm now a practicing civil engineer.

Don't let whether or not you're comfortable with math determine your career path!

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd understand calculus. I did myself one better and took partial differential equations (a requirement for my degree).
Check out "Learning How to Learn" on Coursera. It's a fantastic guide to learning how to master any topic you choose -- especially the hard ones.
Study the fundamental properties of algebra. You can use Khan Academy to review the basics as a supplement to math tutoring on campus.
Practice good problem-solving techniques and lay things out on paper without reaching for a calculator until the very last step.

Don't let whether or not you're comfortable with math determine your career path!

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd understand calculus. I did myself one better and took partial differential equations (a requirement for my degree).

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## Richard’s Answer

Most medical schools require 1 semester of statistics. Also During college you must complete the math required for your bachelors degree which can include calculus for most science and business majors.

You need to study hard, consider taking your math classes at a community college, and get a tutor.

You need to study hard, consider taking your math classes at a community college, and get a tutor.

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## Dhaval’s Answer

Hi Jeff,

Why not?, if you are not good at Math its okay.

But remember Math is an important subject in any profession, so I would practice Math to master it.

Its not a ROCKET SCIENCE, trust me !

-DD

Why not?, if you are not good at Math its okay.

But remember Math is an important subject in any profession, so I would practice Math to master it.

Its not a ROCKET SCIENCE, trust me !

-DD

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## Rahul’s Answer

Most of the doctors get accustomed to a sort of rote learning. Mathematics could make you quick with deductive learning. It is important to take charge of things independently and not cultivate a sort of symbiotic dependence on machines. I would advice you to not take for granted that you are not good at something. Don't prejudice yourself against your own skill set.

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## Philomena’s Answer

Same here i really hate math, i think that's why i was eager to join med school but voila! med school is not devoid of math, you will still meet it some courses but not much tho. like learning ECG you will need some math so dont worry,. The math in med is not worrisome.

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## Riley’s Answer

Of course! Throughout your college experience you will need to take a few high-level math courses, and most of your science courses will require some math. However, as long as you dedicate a lot of time to practice I'm sure that you will be able to handle it.
If you start struggling, most colleges have a Math Lab which offers free tutoring for any math course.

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