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    (Original post by plrodham1)
    I'm 6 foot 5.

    To be honest after realising i couldn't be a pilot i left the idea of joining any form of the military behind and it wasn't until last year that i began to reconsider. At that point i chose army based upon the experiences of many of the senior officers at my local det and the potential benefits it could have on my career both clinically and regarding research. At my medical school/local hospitals the RAF isn't advertised so i guess i just never had the exposure.
    Yeah definitely too tall for a pilot :lol:

    If you don't mind, can you expand on what the senior officers said and also how it would help research? Clinically, I understand. Same here with the advertising though, it's always the Army as the barracks are literally 10 minutes away whereas the RAF base is 1+ hours away.
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    This might get removed for being off-topic, but I initially assumed this was about the Team Fortress 2 medic. Kinda disappointed.
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    (Original post by jenigma)
    Yeah definitely too tall for a pilot :lol:

    If you don't mind, can you expand on what the senior officers said and also how it would help research? Clinically, I understand. Same here with the advertising though, it's always the Army as the barracks are literally 10 minutes away whereas the RAF base is 1+ hours away.
    With regards to the seniors it was how they described their experiences when they were in Iraq/Afghanistan and the system they were able to work in to ensure the optimal management of each casualty. When operational it was often said that bastion was the best trauma centre anywhere in the world and that is definitely something i would like to experience should i get the chance.

    With research it simply helps to make contacts with people who in both their NHS and military careers are at the forefront of trauma care. I have already had the opportunity to become involved in a pre-hospital care project with a view to creating a database of patients from which further studies can be performed.

    Additionally, should we ever return to conflict you have the opportunity to study a very rare population of patients with a much higher volume than in civilian life.
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    What year of medicine are you in right now?

    My first year of medicine at university but it's a foundation year so doesn't count towards my degree.

    What area of medicine do you work in or want to work in?

    Emergency or neurology. But with 5 1/4 more years to go, it will probably change.

    What area of medicine do you find most interesting?
    Psychiatry, Neurology and Respiratory Medicine. But I'm still in that really hyper stage where everything is so EXCITING.

    Which area of the country to work in?

    I enjoy travelling and moving away from home has shown me I definitely want to be out of a crazy city. I would really like to work in Scotland or I'll just stay around Southampton.

    How do you cope with the unique emotional pressures of being a medic?

    I really enjoy the pressure so far. There are points where I've wondered if I am smart enough and doubted myself a lot. My mentor has been an amazing point of contact and we talk about everything from exams to housing, meaning I feel more normal about the pressure.

    I think my situation is complex because being on a foundation year comes with a whole other barrier of emotional pressure. Some students are absolutely **** (fill that in at your leisure) and you wonder how they are going to be with their future patients and colleagues who may have different academic backgrounds.

    Do you remember the moment you first decided to do medicine? If so, what was it?

    I knew public services is where I would end up. I don't care for private businesses in the slightest. As I did research (to an unhealthy degree) and work experience, I fell in love with medicine. Despite all the downsides, the impact you make, to me, cannot be rivalled.

    Is anyone else in your family a medic?

    Nope, first in the family to go to university too so I am fiercely passionate about outreach.

    Do you always plan to be a medic, or do you have a secret second career planned?

    My heart and soul is in medicine but I am going to be a teacher for a bit (hopefully). Although with the current demoralisation of junior doctors and the NHS in general, I might end up being a teacher for longer than anticipated...

    What is your favourite medical profession TV show or film?

    Casualty by a landslide. Mrs Beauchamp would scare me as my consultant but she is competent and she cares. I would want her to treat me if she was a real person XD

    Have you ever appeared on 24 hours in A&E?

    Sadly not.

    On a scale of 1 (not real) - 10 (completely real), how realistic is Holby City?

    2. They are humans so that's a start. Otherwise, Holby doctors seem to see one patient for the whole episode (day?) with regular breaks to have really petty arguments and domestics with their work acquired spouses. It's actually put me off being in a relationship with another medic XD
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    What year of medicine are you in right now?
    2nd
    What area of medicine do you work in or want to work in?
    GP or global health or emergency medicine
    What area of medicine do you find most interesting?
    cardiology and emergency medicine
    Which area of the country to work in?
    London or Sussex
    How do you cope with the unique emotional pressures of being a medic?
    i don't think it's unique but i certainly talk to my family and close friends if i'm nervous or upset
    Do you remember the moment you first decided to do medicine? If so, what was it?
    when i was 10 but i wanted to be a lot of things; i think from year 10 work experience I was set on becoming a doctor
    Is anyone else in your family a medic?
    nope
    Do you always plan to be a medic, or do you have a secret second career planned?
    i would like to do something on the side or even do medicine part time so i can have time for other stuff. There's more to life than working long hours and night shifts ew
    What is your favourite medical profession TV show or film?
    Casualty and House
    Have you ever appeared on 24 hours in A&E?
    not yet
    On a scale of 1 (not real) - 10 (completely real), how realistic is Holby City?
    aha probably 3 or 4, wards are SO boring in my opinion
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    (Original post by Mel1312)
    I really enjoy the pressure so far.
    What a mad thing to say

    (Original post by Mel1312)
    My heart and soul is in medicine but I am going to be a teacher for a bit (hopefully).
    You may not know this yet, but ALL doctors have to teach, and there are lots of teaching jobs in medicine. Being an anatomy demonstrator or clinical teaching fellow for a year or two is a great way to take some time 'out of medicne', bolster you CV, teach, and learn a lot of things yourself.
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    (Original post by Mrs House)
    Do you remember the moment you first decided to do medicine? If so, what was it?
    when i was 10 but i wanted to be a lot of things; i think from year 10 work experience I was set on becoming a doctor
    It's interesting people set their sites on it really early. I wonder if there is a natural interest in some people around biology or something?

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    Have you ever appeared on 24 hours in A&E?
    not yet
    Soon! :lol:
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    (Original post by plrodham1)
    With regards to the seniors it was how they described their experiences when they were in Iraq/Afghanistan and the system they were able to work in to ensure the optimal management of each casualty. When operational it was often said that bastion was the best trauma centre anywhere in the world and that is definitely something i would like to experience should i get the chance.

    With research it simply helps to make contacts with people who in both their NHS and military careers are at the forefront of trauma care. I have already had the opportunity to become involved in a pre-hospital care project with a view to creating a database of patients from which further studies can be performed.

    Additionally, should we ever return to conflict you have the opportunity to study a very rare population of patients with a much higher volume than in civilian life.
    Thanks for the reply. This is definitely something to keep in mind for when I decide who to go for.

    Did you apply for a bursary during your last 3 years of med school or have you just contacted them recently to join?
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    (Original post by Captain Jack)
    It's interesting people set their sites on it really early. I wonder if there is a natural interest in some people around biology or something?



    Soon! :lol:
    You're right it's quite interesting. My 11 year old brother wants to be a doctor too but I've never pushed him into or anything like that
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    (Original post by jenigma)
    Thanks for the reply. This is definitely something to keep in mind for when I decide who to go for.

    Did you apply for a bursary during your last 3 years of med school or have you just contacted them recently to join?
    I only contacted them in my penultimate year to join and am currently joining as a reservist. Had i made the decision earlier going regular would have been a lot more tempting but it reportedly makes becoming a surgeon more difficult.
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    (Original post by Ghotay)
    What a mad thing to say

    You may not know this yet, but ALL doctors have to teach, and there are lots of teaching jobs in medicine. Being an anatomy demonstrator or clinical teaching fellow for a year or two is a great way to take some time 'out of medicne', bolster you CV, teach, and learn a lot of things yourself.
    Why is it mad? They asked about my experiences and that's what I said. Who knows what I might feel like in a year or two. The pressure keeps me focused and although it gets tiring at points, I would prefer that to a less demanding course. For now, I love being kept busy, learning new things and seeing links between systems I didn't even know existed.



    I do know thanks But I believe I am quite young and I can do something else if I desire. At the moment, I'd like to teach something outside of medicine but again- only just started so I might change my mind and teach something medically orientated later.
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    (Original post by plrodham1)
    I only contacted them in my penultimate year to join and am currently joining as a reservist. Had i made the decision earlier going regular would have been a lot more tempting but it reportedly makes becoming a surgeon more difficult.
    I see, well best of luck to you on your career!
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    What year of medicine are you in right now?

    Third, though my school do our finals in fourth and the last year is more like an apprentiship.

    What area of medicine do you work in or want to work in?

    Anaesthesia and intensive care

    What area of medicine do you find most interesting?

    Diagnostics and emergencies

    Which area of the country to work in?

    In the south but nowhere near London

    How do you cope with the unique emotional pressures of being a medic?

    Alcohol, philosophy and crying in the shower.

    Do you remember the moment you first decided to do medicine? If so, what was it?

    Honestly, as in an informed and mature way, after I started the degree.

    Is anyone else in your family a medic?

    No, but my girlfriends family has a lot of doctors.

    Do you always plan to be a medic, or do you have a secret second career planned?

    I plan to develop other sources of income but my vocation will always be medicine.

    What is your favourite medical profession TV show or film?

    Scrubs is funny but I don't watch many often.

    Have you ever appeared on 24 hours in A&E?

    No

    On a scale of 1 (not real) - 10 (completely real), how realistic is Holby City?

    I've never watched it!
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    (Original post by Captain Jack)
    It's interesting people set their sites on it really early. I wonder if there is a natural interest in some people around biology or something?
    I think part of it is that it's a very accessible job which is easy to explain to a child i.e. doctor = making people better. That's obviously a very simplistic description of what the job involves, but I think when it's boiled down like that, it becomes quite easy to just grow into the idea of it.

    There are lots of other factors too I reckon - some families talk about jobs/academia with their children from a younger age, an expectation from schools and family that if you're clever it's "obviously" going to be one of the best options for you, medical dramas/TV shows making medicine look very exciting if you're a young teen etc.

    It's probably quite multi-factorial as a I say. I was fortunate in the sense that my family didn't try and prod me into it - it's just genuinely something I was interested in since a young age and reasons got added over the years.

    EDIT: I have to go out now, but I'm sure there must be a study/some evidence out there on the topic hmm....
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    (Original post by Mrs House)
    You're right it's quite interesting. My 11 year old brother wants to be a doctor too but I've never pushed him into or anything like that
    Maybe it is because the idea of doctors, nurses, policemen etc are instilled quite early on. And the fact it can pay fairly well?
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    What year of medicine are you in right now? Graduated in 2010

    What area of medicine do you work in or want to work in? Child and adolescent psychiatry. Preferably inpatient +/- Forensics

    What area of medicine do you find most interesting? As above

    Which area of the country to work in? North East

    How do you cope with the unique emotional pressures of being a medic?
    You get used to it after a while.

    Do you remember the moment you first decided to do medicine? If so, what was it?

    I watched ER as a kid.


    Is anyone else in your family a medic? Nope

    Do you always plan to be a medic, or do you have a secret second career planned? I will stick with medicine. Although considering Hunt's antics it is good to have a plan B.

    What is your favourite medical profession TV show or film? ER

    Have you ever appeared on 24 hours in A&E? No

    On a scale of 1 (not real) - 10 (completely real), how realistic is Holby City? -20
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    (Original post by Captain Jack)
    Maybe it is because the idea of doctors, nurses, policemen etc are instilled quite early on
    True. Not a lot of children dream of working in management consultancy! I still don't know what that is
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    (Original post by Captain Jack)
    Maybe it is because the idea of doctors, nurses, policemen etc are instilled quite early on. And the fact it can pay fairly well?
    definitely agree, i still remember the first time i went to the hospital and who i saw etc
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    What year of medicine are you in right now?
    2 (GEM)/3 undergrad
    What area of medicine do you work in or want to work in?
    Dermatology (sub specialised in dermatologica lsurgery)
    What area of medicine do you find most interesting?
    see above
    Which area of the country to work in?
    london (born here, raised here, studied undergrad here and now medicine here, all family are here)
    How do you cope with the unique emotional pressures of being a medic?
    I'm emotionally dead inside. jks!! Ermmm know everythign is a inevitable and while its still difficult I sort of just do the best I can and look to the future, have good friends and family to talk to in difficult times too,
    Do you remember the moment you first decided to do medicine? If so, what was it?
    not specifically, it kind of grew over time until I finally decidedd to take the plunge and apply
    Is anyone else in your family a medic?
    An uncle in manchester I see in family reunions 1 a year or so but almost never talk to
    Do you always plan to be a medic, or do you have a secret second career planned?
    Being a medic is my second career
    What is your favourite medical profession TV show or film?
    Scrubs- its hilarious!!!
    On a scale of 1 (not real) - 10 (completely real), how realistic is Holby City?
    no idea, never seen it
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    (Original post by Freyr)
    What year of medicine are you in right now?
    2 (GEM)/3 undergrad
    What area of medicine do you work in or want to work in?
    Dermatology (sub specialised in dermatologica lsurgery)
    What area of medicine do you find most interesting?
    see above
    Which area of the country to work in?
    london (born here, raised here, studied undergrad here and now medicine here, all family are here)
    How do you cope with the unique emotional pressures of being a medic?
    I'm emotionally dead inside. jks!! Ermmm know everythign is a inevitable and while its still difficult I sort of just do the best I can and look to the future, have good friends and family to talk to in difficult times too,
    Do you remember the moment you first decided to do medicine? If so, what was it?
    not specifically, it kind of grew over time until I finally decidedd to take the plunge and apply
    Is anyone else in your family a medic?
    An uncle in manchester I see in family reunions 1 a year or so but almost never talk to
    Do you always plan to be a medic, or do you have a secret second career planned?
    Being a medic is my second career
    What is your favourite medical profession TV show or film?
    Scrubs- its hilarious!!!
    On a scale of 1 (not real) - 10 (completely real), how realistic is Holby City?
    no idea, never seen it
    So you plan to leave London? Joking! :lol: :lol:

    It's interesting most of you haven't seen Holby City. "Medics don't watch prime time BBC nonsense hospital programme SHOCKER"
 
 
 
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