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Did you ever have doubts in joining the medical field?

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Richard’s Answer

There are plenty of reasons and plenty of opportunities to give up on the path to any career. But don’t give up. 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
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Philomena’s Answer

yeah at some point in time i did. that was when i applied to med school and i was offered biological science instead. i was sad but i still had pursue the course and graduate. after i was more into research and worked in a research institute but i still felt something was missing in my career. i still had the desire to be a medical doctor, so i put in applications to some medical schools that offer graduate medicine. During my first round of applications i did not get admission, but i didnt lose hop the next year i applied again and had admission into med school. that was the happiest day of my life. Getting admission to study medicine might not come easy or direct but do not lose hope keep trying.
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Estelle’s Answer

Probably most people question if they made the correct career choice, regardless of their particular field. There have been times that practicing medicine felt very overwhelming. During those times, I found that remembering that I have a community of supportive peers helped me most. Dealing with very difficult cases or complications can be exhausting, so self care (exercising, time with friends and family, and eating healthy) has always been important.
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Craig’s Answer

I really had no doubts when I went into medicine. Medicine has changed a lot in the 20+ years I’ve been in practice. Some of the changes have led to high burnout rates in clinicians. I am very encouraged, though. That has been recognized and many new things have been put into place to support clinicians. I know I feel better and much more positive than I did a few years ago. Medicine is a challenging, exciting, rapidly evolving and rewarding profession. There will be people who are alive because of you and your efforts of you go into medicine. If you make a conscious effort to have work-life balance and support and let yourself be supported by your peers, you will do well.
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