Top 55 Medical School Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Medical School Quotes from famous people such as Barry Marshall, Ezekiel Emanuel, Mary Stuart Masterson, Claire McCaskill, Lauren Worsham, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

In medical school, it's quite possible to get taught th

In medical school, it’s quite possible to get taught that you can diagnose everybody and treat everything. But then you get out in the real world and find that for most patients walking through your door, you have no idea what’s causing their symptoms.
Barry Marshall
Medical school education and post graduate education emphasize thoroughness.
Ezekiel Emanuel
Just the actual physical ability to hold four instruments simultaneously and do some of the things that Vivien was able to do is mind blowing to any surgeon. He never went to medical school and he became one of the great teachers of medicine himself, people are just amazed.
Mary Stuart Masterson
Corporate governance is a huge issue too. We don’t have women on these corporate boards. More than half of the students in law school are women, more than half of the women, I think, in medical school now are women.
Claire McCaskill
I only worked theater jobs, but they were all really silly when I first graduated. I was a line monitor at ‘Spamalot,’ which means I got there at 8 A.M. and told people how much the tickets were for standing room. I was an NYU Medical School fake patient, to teach doctors how to talk to patients.
Lauren Worsham
I saw my friends in medical school seeming to be more engaged with the real world. That provoked a sort of jealousy, and I decided to go to medical school after all.
Harold E. Varmus
I thought that if acting didn’t work out, I’d have done law school or medical school: probably law to be honest.
Jesse Williams
Arizona has excellent medical schools, both public and private, and it is critical that we create an environment that keeps medical students in Arizona to practice medicine once they complete medical school and their residency programs.
Doug Ducey
Of course I went to medical school strongly influenced by my father, I mean the family reason, and secondly I read the biography of Hideyo Noguchi who was the very interesting doctor, who went to the United States in his 20s and become professor in the Rockefeller Institute.
Tasuku Honjo
I went to medical school after having decided to do so somewhere between my junior and senior year at Harvard – very late. I initially wanted to be an intellectual historian.
Eric Kandel
I was born and raised in California and benefited from California’s excellent public schools, from kindergarten through medical school.
Ami Bera
When I went to the University, the medical school was the only place where one could hope to find the means to study life, its nature, its origins, and its ills.
Albert Claude
A Harvard Medical School study has determined that rectal thermometers are still the best way to tell a baby’s temperature. Plus, it really teaches the baby who’s boss.
Tina Fey
I was always taught at medical school that you should never do a test unless you could do something with the result.
Mark Walport
My dad’s side of the family was very poor while growing up, but my dadi raised three kids, got my dad through medical school, sent my uncle to America where he wanted to work and helped my aunt become an accountant, because that’s what she wanted to do.
Amyra Dastur
I was a kinesiology major in college, which is exercise science. Then, I was either going to get my Ph.D. or go to medical school, but I was kind of burned out after school.
Michelle Wolf
I teach in the medical school, the School of Public Health, the Kennedy School of Government, and the Business School. And it’s the best perch… because most of my work crosses boundaries.
Michael Porter
The fact that he didn’t get credit for a while is more the story of social injustice. But his own spirit wasn’t driven by that, and wasn’t dependent upon that. He just wished he had the cash to go to medical school.
Mary Stuart Masterson
In medical school, you’re taught to write in this convoluted, Latinate way. I knew the vocabulary as well as anyone, but I would write kidney instead of nephric. I insisted on using English.
Ethan Canin
Anyone graduating from medical school in 1966 had first to fulfill military service before launching a career. Fiercely opposed to the Vietnam War, I sought to avoid it through an assignment to the Public Health Service.
Harold E. Varmus
I grew up, went to the Virginia Military Institute and then medical school, married my wife Pam, served in the United States Army, and moved back to Hampton Roads.
Ralph Northam
While in medical school, I was drafted into the U.S. Army with the other medical students as part of the wartime training program, and naturalized American citizen in 1943. I greatly enjoyed my medical studies, which at the Medical College of Virginia were very clinically oriented.
Baruj Benacerraf
I never had a conscious fear of death, but I did have a conscious fear of sickness. By the time I completed medical school, that fear was gone.
Sherwin B. Nuland
Nobody had ever told me junk food was bad for me. Four years of medical school, and four years of internship and residency, and I never thought anything was wrong with eating sweet rolls and doughnuts, and potatoes, and bread, and sweets.
Robert Atkins
When I brought my medical school friends home, Dad used to tell us that we didn’t know anything about the world. He started giving me impromptu quizzes about history and current events. I quite liked that.
Holly Branson
So I applied to medical school and received a scholarship at Washington University in St. Louis. Washington University turned out to be a lucky choice. The faculty was scholarly and dedicated and accessible to students.
Daniel Nathans
In high school I had B’s and C’s, not too many A’s, but I must have done well on that medical school test, and I must have had some charisma in the interview, so I ended up in medicine. Being a general practitioner was all I aspired to.
Barry Marshall
What you need to learn how to do is analyze situations and do differential diagnoses and understand the principle and the concepts rather than learn all the details, and medical school doesn’t begin to do that.
Leroy Hood
I used to worry about what would happen five or 10 years from now, but I don’t anymore. I thought about going to medical school because that has always interested me, but decided against it.
Hamilton Jordan
After high school, I attended the Virginia Military Institute and then Eastern Virginia Medical School – both great public schools that prepared me well for my career as a physician and didn’t saddle me with a load of debt.
Ralph Northam
As we returned to Argentina, I started seriously to work towards a doctoral degree under the direction of Professor Stoppani, the Professor of Biochemistry at the Medical School.
Cesar Milstein
I have a B.S. in Biology from MIT, an M.Sc. in Human Bi

I have a B.S. in Biology from MIT, an M.Sc. in Human Biology and a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Oxford University, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. I never intended for so many degrees, but I enjoyed getting them all.
Pardis Sabeti
I first wanted to be a psychiatrist. I decided against that in medical school when I discovered that psychiatrists didn’t, in reality, do what they did on TV.
Ben Carson
After graduation from high school, I attended the university entrance examination, and fortunately, I was accepted by the Department of Pharmacy and became a student at the Medical School of Peking University.
Tu Youyou
The downside to becoming a doctor, I think, is it’s a very long process; four years of medical school, three years of internship, two years of residency, umpteen years of specialization, and then finally you get to be what you have trained almost all your life for.
Jim Lee
You’re taught from the day you start medical school that you’re a god, that you can have power over life and death. So when your life starts to crumble, and the highest power you see is looking back in the mirror – and you know that power is flawed – it is very hard to get past that.
Michael Palmer
On bad days, I think I’d like to be a plastic surgeon who goes to Third World countries and operates on children in villages with airlifts, and then I think, ‘Yeah, right, I’m going to go back to undergraduate school and take all the biology I missed and then go to medical school.’ No. No.
Tama Janowitz
In 1970, Dean Robert Ebert offered me the Chair of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. I moved to Harvard because I missed the university environment and, more particularly, the stimulating interaction with the eager, enthusiastic, and unprejudiced young minds of the students and fellows.
Baruj Benacerraf
For 25 years, I was an assistant professor teaching pediatrics, neurology, pathophysiology, and ethics at my alma mater, Eastern Virginia Medical School. It’s been great training for my legislative work – we get in some debates in the classroom that would rival the General Assembly!
Ralph Northam
I did have pushback in the beginning of my career because my parents weren’t really sure what I was going to do with my life going in the route of makeup. I was planning on medical school, so when I threw the makeup wrench at them, they were not expecting that.
Manny MUA
I met my husband, Jacob, in medical school. We married and went to live in Hawaii where his family lived. It was very beautiful, but I wasn’t used to being on an island and needed wide open spaces. Eventually we moved to Maine, New England.
Tess Gerritsen
Certainly when I got to medical school, I had role models of the kind of physicians I wanted to be. I had an uncle who, looking back, was probably not the most-educated physician around, but he carried it off so well.
Abraham Verghese
You could be a corrupt doctor, but at least you have to go to the medical school first. Right?
David Fahrenthold
I basically applied to law school as a way of telling my parents that I wasn’t going to medical school.
John Delaney
I really put the medical school thing on hold and really chased after my football dream. And I guess I’m still chasing. I’m eight years in the NFL, and I feel very fortunate to be where I am.
Kirk Cousins