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Should i study medicine?


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John’s Answer

IS STUDYING MEDICINE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU
A Bachelor's Degree and Medical School is an 8-year graduate commitment, with the understanding that more field-specific training will follow through internship and residency programs following graduation of 3-7 years. So, how do you know if this is the right path for you?

ARE YOU WILLING TO DEDICATE YOUR TIME TO MEDICINE
Medical students will have time for very little aside from their studies, and should be prepared to sacrifice in other parts of their life in order to perform well in medical school.

ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING OTHERS
Any aspiring medical professional should care deeply about serving and saving other people, and should have good bedside manner.

DO YOU WORK WELL WITH OTHERS
Medical students will need to be able to work well with their peers, as well as their professors. The ability to work on a team is crucial to a career in medicine.

DO YOU ENJOY RESEARCH
Medicine is a career in which the professionals never stop learning. Medical students should be hungry for as much medical knowledge as they can get their hands on.

ARE YOU ABLE TO RISE TO A CHALLENGE
Medical students will come up against challenging cases, as well as bureaucratic obstacles, and must be willing to abide by the rules while still seeking to give the patient the best possible care.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE STRESS
Medical school is a high-stress environment with lots of exams, difficult assignments, and cases with life or death stakes. Medical students should not crack under pressure.

IS MEDICAL AN AFFORDABLE OPTION
Attending medical school is not an inexpensive endeavor, and it's important to consider how you will afford it. Though doctors can eventually make enough money to pay off their debt, there are many years of training before medical school graduates will become full-fledged doctors.

ARE YOU PREPARED TO DEDICATE THE NEXT 12-YEARS TO TRAINING
Graduating from medical school is just the first step. Graduates will need to find themselves an internship program at a hospital or clinic, where they can gain further hands-on training, and eventually move on to residencies and fellowships where they will take the lead on patient cases.

DO YOU LOVE MATH & SCIENCE
Science and math are the cornerstones of a medical education, and aspiring medical students should be comfortable and confident in their abilities with high-level problem solving in both subjects.

BLOOD
The human body is at the center of a medical education, and students must not be easily made uncomfortable by the sight of blood, excrement, or even death.

Good Luck Salma

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Brenda’s Answer

You should study whatever career you are passionate about and what you want to pursue. I recommend that you speak with a Career Service professional so that they can do an assessment and proper interpretation. Free assessments online don't offer a proper interpretation of the assessment and can give you the wrong results.

What reason were you thinking about studying medicine in the first place? Do you like helping others? Are you prepared to do the hard work to get there? Are you being pushed into medicine from parents, friends, or other outside forces? Do you have the grades and the stamina for the tough classes like Organic Chemistry and others?

You will be the one working, not anyone else. Usually, a person who is passionate about something doesn't have to be convinced to do it. There are many ways to help others. Medicine is just one of them. I suggest you examine why you were thinking about it in the first place and do the assessment with a career professional.

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Bryce’s Answer

Hi Salma,

I am going to be honest with you medicine is a very difficult path. Not only is it a long journey through a 4 year program and then medical school it is a very difficult challenge that will take every ounce of dedication and motivation you have. That being said it is definitely doable. I would saw it you are passionate about medicine then go for it. It yon are unsure as an undergrad load up on science classes and you enjoy it then medicine maybe right for you, if you don't like it medicine may not be the best choice. I hope this helped you in your decision.

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Gustavo’s Answer

Hello Salma! I hope you are fine!

First of all, I believe that if it is something that you are passionate and motivated you should do it! You should therefore, we really know if what we think for our professional and personal life if we go ahead. The only way to know is to take the course.

Based on what colleagues have already pointed out in the answers, if you have the necessary prerequisites for conducting the course, I think you should do it. Because I also think that you should not live with doubt, the most that happens is not to like the course, and with that you are free to choose another career and doubt will not have to pursue. I think you should take into account the prerequisites that colleagues pointed out in the responses, because self-knowledge is very important. It is essential to know yourself and know if you have the structure to handle situations and everything.

Well that's. I hope I helped you, I wish you much success, stay safe. My best regards.

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Richard’s Answer

There are a lot of long hours studying in the library followed by long hours in the hospital, but it is a fulfilling career. There are so many opportunities after medical school... different specialties appeal to different individuals. Or you can follow a nonclinical route in research or even hospital administration.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Salma! Nice question! To be honest, that's something you can truly answer yourself. Medicine is a hard field and one must be very dedicated to achieving it. That being said most of your time you will be studying a lot and not being able to do all the fun things you like to do or see your loved ones as much. However it is a very noble field as well and the feeling you achieve when helping patients cannot be described! I would advise to get some experience in the field, do some volunteer work and see if you like the environment then research your options for medical school. If you really like it you will definitely go all the way because as much as dedication and hard work is required for it, so is passion as well! I wish you the best!

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