Sunday, January 16, 2011
Useless seems to imply there is less use, I will use a new word, "Usenone"
One of the skills that they don't mention that is crucial in medicine is being able to blindly, but fully throw yourself into a completely useless task without asking questions. I'm not accusing actual medicine of this, but the MCAT, Step 1 exam, Step 2, the clinical skills, pretty much every round of testing we have at a national level is utterly useless. Like completely useless. But nonetheless, you have no choice but to go full steam ahead and study like you've never studied before so that you can be an absolute master of useless information. You have to just get right in there and learn every enzyme involved in a pathway that is almost completely clinically insignificant. In the rare (like 1:100,000 live births rare) instance that it is important, the importance of knowing the specific enzyme that went wrong is about like knowing which province in China made your faulty car part. Not only that, but you have to know the provinces around that province, even if they don't make car parts. Then, for fun, they will ask you what year that neighboring province was founded and under what regime. But don't worry, they've provided a picture of the leader of that regime. Pricks.