JD, you are the first generation to actually be diagnosed with AS. Before this, individuals with AS were described as unique, introverted, or quirky. Many of them are extremely intelligent, and yes, I know some doctors who fit this description who are probably on the spectrum.
AS is exactly that- a spectrum and every individual is unique. Getting through medical school and beyond for you is the same as everyone else- ability, hard work, grades, aptitude and interests. You may have to work at the skills to get through the interview- but a good social coach can help you with this- eye contact, pragmatics, conversational skills and so on. Also include other careers like science research with your major as nobody can be guaranteed admission to med school these days- regardless of what skills they have or don't. Focus on your goal but also be aware of alternatives. If AS limits you- then accept that this is a unique part of who you are and find an area you will shine in. Plenty of non-AS people also find that medicine is not for them. You can get help from the campus career center and trusted people to determine what career suits you best.
I do know of one physician my age (your parent's age) who is for all purposes on the spectrum but was not diagnosed. He was very intelligent and socially awkward and is much happier doing research. But really, it's up to you. Other areas may be radiology and pathology- where a person with AS who has a fine eye for details but does not enjoy constant contact with different people may shine. If you have great fine- motor skills- surgery- but not if you don't. In med school a student has a chance to experience different areas before they choose- and you can shadow doctors in different fields before that.
The point is, if you have the desire and the ability- do not limit yourself... but know yourself. I don't have AS, but like everyone, I am good at some things and not so good at others. I would not be a good surgeon. If I wanted to be a professional athlete, I would fail at it. But I love interacting with people, so if I went to med school- I would choose primary care. Know what you are good at- and apply yourself to it, and also know that everyone has strengths and weaknesses however it turns out.
Last edited by Pennylane2011; 07-02-2012 at 12:13 PM.