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Is anxiety during medical processes normal?

Doctors often have to do invasive procedures such as surgery, which can be bloody and unsettling. how do pre-medical students/residents get used to the feeling of doing these types of invasive procedures?

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Estelle’s Answer

Hi, Hanan,
Having anxiety about medical procedures is absolutely normal. Medical students naturally become more and more comfortable with invasive procedures as they gain experience. The more you learn about anatomy and the procedures themselves, then easier they are to observe. You will gradually focus on the procedure itself more than the aspect of invasion. As in life, the more you know and understand, the less daunting jobs become.

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Maya’s Answer

Hi Hanan!
Yes this is a rational and normal worry to have but one of the reasons medical schools and other medically related fields require some sort of volunteer work and shadowing work, is to provide you with an opportunity to go into these fields and see how you react to it and if you can commit to it. For the most part, you would just have to get used to it by being in these hospital environments but to help reduce these kinds of anxieties I used to watch surgery videos on youtube to get familiar with these kinds of images so that once I started working in a hospital it was not so surprising to see. Thats just what I did though, you may find other things to work for you but just know it is normal to feel anxiety about these things at first.

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Usha’s Answer

Hi Hanan,
Yes definitely! But I can reassure you that you grow and learn more about yourself and overcome worries and anxieties the further you get into your studies. While you are exposed to many different subjects and course works, a lot of your anxieties are processed on this journey. If anxiety persists, focus, and try to work on it. But you will be surprised about yourself; the more you learn and the more you know, you might see talents and interests for yourself, which weren't present at the beginning of your studies. Med school is definitely not a sprint, but rather a marathon. A marathon, which is worthwhile and very rewarding :)