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Do you ever get tired of Medical school?

I want to be a doctor, but I don't know what specialty!

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Maria! In medical school you will have time to pick specialties because the first 2 years is bookwork and attending classes/labs and the last 2 years are rotations for your specialities. Basically you do a variety of different rotations in the fields, so primary, pediatrics, surgery, OB/GYN and Psychiatry, among others and this will give you time to see what you like. Then in your last year you will begin to branch out into your elective and start focusing on the speciality you choose. There are different factors for choosing your speciality, the amount of time you will put so surgery hours vs. being a PCP, the patients you will see, the responsibilities you have are just a couple things to name. I think you still have time but if you can volunteer and also shadow a physician you can get more patient time and see what it means to be a physician. I would recommend to maybe shadow a couple different physicians to get an idea and volunteer in a clinic or the hospital to interact with patients!

I hope this helps, best of luck!

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Madiha’s Answer

Well ... its sometimes tough but we should focus on our aim. Its a noble profession, we are serving the humanity and making our living simultaneously and above all it was our choice.
Try to set a positive attitude about the approaching study session before you even sit down.
Setting up the correct study environment can significantly benefit students that wish to focus for longer periods of time.
closer social connections may play a significant role in improving student incentives to learn. Having strong family bonds or close peer relationships impacts our mental health.
So I believe every profession needs dedication.
I hope it will help.
Goodluck.

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Savanna’s Answer

Hi Maria!

The medical field certainly has a variety of different specialties and it is important figure out what your interests are before you begin investing your time and money. I recommend taking some time and evaluating your interests on a more general scale (I.e. Do you want to work with children? Adults?). From there, you can begin to narrow down the specifics (I.e. Do you want to be involved with surgeries? pathology? etc.)

Once you have a general idea, you can try to reach out professionals in your field of interest at local schools, clinics, and hospitals and set up interviews to get real information and feedback on what it is actually like in the field. You can also see if there are any local volunteer, shadow, or intern opportunities available for you to get some live experience.

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Elizabeth’s Answer

Hi Maria,

I am a current medical student, and I can honestly say that it is one of the most difficult but also one of the most rewarding experiences I have had! Burnout is a very real thing in medical school, but if you have a good support network, remember why you are there, and (like Madiha said) try to maintain a positive outlook, it can be a great experience.

Also, to the second part of your question- I would recommend shadowing different specialties and seeing where your interests lie. There is a wide variety of specialties in medicine and hopefully something will pique your interest!

Best of luck,
Elizabeth

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