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  1. First of all, thank you for making me think about this on a deeper level than I am used to. Let me explain my thoughts on the two types of doctors and their reasons for wanting to go to medical school Doctor 1: I am fascinated by how the human body works and I want to learn everything that I can about how to treat it through science and medicine. If I don't understand something in one of my classes, I am going to do everything that I can to master it because it is interesting to me and I have an urge to know. Doctor 2: I really want to help people for a living, so I am going to be a do
  2. This policy makes sense if you compare it to the rules at colleges and universities. For example, many people that attended my University were out-of-state students that went home for the summer. While at home, they took more classes at local colleges and universities to give them more credits towards graduating, but those courses could not count towards their GPA's because they were not taken at the University at which they were graduating. They got credit towards a degree, but not points towards their GPA. I understand that this is not what the principal said as a rationale, and what
  3. Good question. I will answer it twice. My first answer is that you have created an impossible scenario. The doctor who has chosen the profession solely for the scientific aspect will always have better skill (in diagnosis and other aspects of the profession) because he has chosen something that HE wants to learn as much about as possible because it interests HIM. So, the skills of the two types of doctors will not be equal. [Edit- Think Roark vs. Keating. Who was the better architect?] But, I will go ahead and answer your question anyway. I would rather have the doctor who has chos
  4. Wow, this looks great. I sent an email requesting the Kit. Thank you
  5. I plan to be a doctor because I have always been drawn to human physiology, and especially the fact that outcomes involving the human body can be, in essence, controlled through science and medicine. If alleviating human suffering, on some scale, is a natural by-product of that, so be it. However, it is not a reason why a chose the profession. Hmm interesting. I'll have to start listening to his podcasts.
  6. This is really good advice, because I can think of a couple of things that I got out of these experiences that will help me as a future doctor. I guess my reasons for doing the work can be made irrelevant by focusing on positive outcomes of it.
  7. I agree. The volunteer work that I did for myself and completely enjoyed was walking dogs for a humane society. I did other volunteer work specifically related to medicine, but unfortunately I did that because I felt that I had to. I wasn't going to talk about the former, because I didn't think it related to medicine at all. But, I guess that just doing volunteer work that I cared about is probably a good thing to mention. I'll try to work it in somehow Thank you for your response. While I do not believe that the nature of the medical practice is incompatible with my values,
  8. Hey, I'm new to these forums, and objectivism in general, but I'm reading as much as I can on these forums to learn about it. I have a question for anybody that has ever applied to medical school or is familiar with the process: Is there any way to fill out the apps and remain objectivist? They virtually require volunteer experience, which I have done but it wasn't because I wanted to it was because the application boards want to see it. Now I find myself talking about my volunteer experiences in a way that glorifies altruism, which makes me want to puke as I write it. However, I feel as i
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