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Why reading comprehension is important for medicine

Reading complex and technical texts will be part of your job as a medical professional.
You’ll need to keep up-to-date on related news, procedures and innovations, in addition to studying medical treatments and science textbooks during your time at medical school.

Your ability to quickly assimilate useful information will greatly benefit your patients, and puts you on the path to becoming one of the best medical professionals in your field.

Reading isn’t the only important thing: your grasp of the English language is vital in communicating with patients and colleagues, and in research if you pursue it. Being able to critically read a text will also strengthen your critical thinking and debating skills, which are useful in such a sensitive and politically charged profession.