I just found out that when looking up Med schools to apply for in future years, I found out that there are two categories – Research and Primary Care. What’s the difference? Which one should I apply for if I want to be a doctor, or is either one okay? I’m confused.
Realistically, either one will get you to your MD. Research programs usually require you to participate in one of the research programs ongoing at the school as part of a graduation requirement (this is usually done during your summer breaks). In a Primary Care school the research is an option.
You’ll also find a difference in the instructors. My personal opinion is that I would hate to have a biochemistry instructor who was so engrossed in his field of research that he skewed his instruction, making it harder to pass his course and possibly not getting enough emphasis on the entire core class. While the Dean of Academic Medicine will usually keep an eye out that it doesn’t happen, I had instructors who made courses way harder than they needed to be just because of their own interests. (I took Genetics from a PhD who had mapped out two genomes–I felt like strangling the SOB).
If all you want is to treat patients, apply to a Primary Care school.