It requires concentration and time but there is nothing more rewarding than trading a day of your life helping others.
As a physician your life is changed forever and you change other lives as well. Your patients become your friends and sometimes even your friends and family.
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I'm a current PA (Physician Assistant) student learning to practice medicine. I wouldn't say that studying medicine is easy, but I wouldn't say it's difficult either because this is exactly what I want to do. As long as practising medicine is truly what you want to do, the challenges along the way will likely be much less overwhelming. And being a PA is a great way to study medicine because PAs are integral, skillful members of healthcare teams, and you can also graduate and start practising sooner than medical school colleagues. Let me know if you have any questions for me.
Time management is key. Between lecture, lab and studying, the first 2 years will be grueling. Make sure to leave time for yourself to exercise, eat right and even some socializing.
There will be times during 3rd and 4th year when you will be frustrated by your continued lack of skills and knowledge but just remember that there will be plenty of time to master your specialty during residency.
I take inspiration from the story of the failed Antarctic exploration by polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew as told in the book “Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage.” Understanding their ability to overcome the incredible hardships and survive teaches me that humans can accomplish anything