Is studying physics more difficult than studying medicine?

I know some people who have studied (technical) physics as well as some with medicine.And a few who studied computer science + medicine (the combination is even quite common – mostly first computer science and later medicine because sitting on their nerves ;)). I do not know whether the question can be answered so easily. The studies are simply extremely different overall, including environment and structuring.

Personally, I studied medical informatics, my wife was veterinary medicine, and she now has a lot to do with human physicians.Presumably, the other course of study would have been more difficult for us.

My experiences:

Vetmed/Meduni Vienna: The amount of (vetmed) waltzes that are on our shelves is shocking.Things are also extremely expensive, such as this surgery of smallanimals.This is then available for different species and different disciplines. There were some students who went to the library with “retraction scare” or, for example, had someone like me with them to carry all this stuff :). Some had their entire apartment with books and scripts and know the devil paved. The copiers and printers were in continuous operation. In my Master’s degree I got to know the MedUni Vienna and the AKH Wien for 2 years and the atmosphere there as well as at the Vetmed is strongly influenced by hierarchies, sometimes harassment (especially in internships) and often very competitive thinking. Learning with her girlfriends consisted of many repetitions, learning cards, preparation of amounts of material, sketches of anatomical structures and seams on stuff practiced by the butcher. The structure of the course very strict, order of courses predetermined, practically no choices. Students were also thrown out of university in the fifth year of study.

TU (Vienna): Of course I know computer science better than physics, but in general I found the climate at the TU much more relaxed, cooperative and friendly.Computer science forum, lecture wikiexist for the free exchange of information and not only for smuggled cliques. I almost never bought books (at least not directly for the university – material is available massively online and most of the time you spend more with paper and paper, on the board and sometimes also on the computer :). In the first semester, for example, I spent 5-8 hours every Sunday doing math exercises. Joint meetings often consisted of hours of joint brooding over 3-4 slides with a few formulas or long programming nights. Structure of the studies was (at least earlier) very free with a lot of choice and relatively few specifications. For me it was basically “in the end everything must have been done, when/how/where we don’t care”. I have never had really bad experiences with computer science teachers. Many younger teachers are more on the “cool hacker track” and courses are prepared accordingly.

I have had much worse experiences with teachers from the classical engineering sciences.The only correct *censored* came from mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. In the corresponding courses, much more was also worth it on the (rather frowned upon by computer scientists) memorization of formulas, conversion methods, frequency bands, protocol details, etc. and generally, the teaching methods were more traditional and conservative. Which is probably in keeping with the clich茅 of rigorous technicians and does not necessarily have to be bad as long as it is fair and only objectively rigorous. However, this was often not the case.

I think physics and mathematics require additional passion because they are very homogeneous.I once said to a physicist that my studies are not boring, because I can play with computer graphics, program games, try out various virtual reality technologies and learn the functionality, sometimes derive biosignals from my body, sometimes simulated systems, segment bones from X-rays and then let robots see again using machine learning. The physicist said: “I also have variety: once I stand in math, once in physics on the board”. Of course, this is not entirely serious :), but the real core is that physics has a very long, basic-oriented foundation through which one has to work.

Just as computer science is based on mathematics, physics, electrical engineering and philosophy (especially logic), medicine is sometimes referred to as a tour of the natural sciences and is based on chemistry, physics and biology, as well as the combinations on the next level: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Electrical Engineering, Psychology, Pharmacy…

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