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    I've always wanted to do medicine, but...

    [RANT/]Can i really be bothered to do 5 years at uni? 13 years more of exams that are actually difficult and of some importance? At some point I'd like to have kids and not work for a while, does that make the education pointless? Do I really want to be doing such a high-stress job? Do I really want to set myself up in a job caring for other people all the time, when no-one cares for me? Isn't med full of male chauvenists? . Maybe I just want to do medicine to prove I can?[/RANT] - I really don't know... :confused:, but if i don't there's not any great alternative.

    Thanks if you read that, and even if you didn't.. can you tell me how you *knew/know* medicine is for you?

    Loopz x
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    i was thinking the exact same thing as u, but then i asked myself can i see myself in any other job that i wud enjoy as much as this?
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    I think with medicine you have to be pretty committed and thats what they look for in the interview because they don't want to give a place to someone who might drop out after a few weeks/months. But if you can't see yourself doign any other job then it seems like you pretty much want to do it... And to be honest 5 yrs of uni should be pretty good fun!
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    (for ref, im just finishing off my A2s)

    For me ive only ever wanted to do something involved in helping others at some level - and up till...well last week...this was the RAF as a pilot/engi (defending freedom on the frontline, helping with relief etc) or Police in protection somewhere, after a mech MEng (see my signature) and though med had "bounced" around in the beginning and was high up on my list of dreams, when i got a D at bio AS it scared me away.

    last week though, i learnt that i almost certainly have asthma which blew all that to crap (and then some!), and if i cant be in the above, the only place i can ever see myself now is in med somewhere, as its the only way i could ever help people in the way i want to. With this, and pulling my finger out over the last few months when i had to teach myself 1/3 of AS maths for a retake and the ENTIRE A2 course on my own (thanks to the cr*piness of my teachers). I also decided in january that im gonna get 3As (predicted BBC) i know that, even if i have to wait another year and get the work experience, ill be at a Med School somewhere.

    obviously i havent been to an interview or anything but im thinking ask urself - a) do u mind pulling ur finger out and do what it takes to get what u want? b) is it selflessness (helping others) or selfishness (the money) thats attracting you? Just cos ur a doctor, u can still have a family

    (still hoping i might be able to persuade kings to give me a late interview/offer without work experience, I know of someone else who succeeded a few years ago ) Hope all that helps u!
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    I'm not off to do Med, but anyway you know because it just feels *right*

    When you've actually gone for Med there'll always be doubts etc etc but in the end - can you imagine yourself without it? Imagine yourself completely WITHOUT everything that Medicine brings? Or maybe write down a list of options - what else would you wanna do other than Medicine? Write them down - you'll keep changing your mind and crossing one out and adding another etc until you land on "the one" and suddenly you feel this rush - and you KNOW it's right

    Yes I know my previous paragraph is cheesy, but what the heck, it worked for me at A-Levels. I didn't wanna take Art to AS cus I hated the GCSE course - I kept on writing: Chem, Bio, Eng Lit - the the 4th one was blank. It changed from Psychology to Sociology, Theatre Studies, Media Studies, Maths :eek: and all the way back full circle. I couldn't decide I felt so sure I didn't wanna do Art anymore. Then I decided - course aside, what about the subject? So I finally wrote: Chem, Bio, Eng Lit, ART - and suddenly I just grinned and it felt so RIGHT! - I couldn't bring myself to cross Art out. Just this rush it was like: YESSSSSS!!!

    I ask myself the same: Do I really wanna do straight science when my passion lies with Art? Then recently I got thinking - and suddenly realise: I never wanna be without the fascination science brings. I can't imagine myself NOT KNOWING more science - more about the brain (I'm off to do Neuroscience you see) - I know it's right, even if I have my doubts

    Now apply all of that to Medicine All the best! :tsr:
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    (Original post by Loopz)
    [RANT/]Can i really be bothered to do 5 years at uni? 13 years more of exams that are actually difficult and of some importance? At some point I'd like to have kids and not work for a while, does that make the education pointless? Do I really want to be doing such a high-stress job? Do I really want to set myself up in a job caring for other people all the time, when no-one cares for me? Isn't med full of male chauvenists? . Maybe I just want to do medicine to prove I can?[/RANT]
    keep your options more open & go for a 6-year intercalated degree?

    that way you could always stop after 3 years with a science degree (or another subject at certain unis) if you loose your desire for doctor-y status.
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    Thank you all you lovely people for replying, I can't really think about it too much at this moment- i have a german oral tomorrow. Elles thats a good idea :cool:
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    (Original post by Loopz)
    I've always wanted to do medicine, but...

    [RANT/]Can i really be bothered to do 5 years at uni? 13 years more of exams that are actually difficult and of some importance? At some point I'd like to have kids and not work for a while, does that make the education pointless? Do I really want to be doing such a high-stress job? Do I really want to set myself up in a job caring for other people all the time, when no-one cares for me? Isn't med full of male chauvenists? . Maybe I just want to do medicine to prove I can?[/RANT] - I really don't know... :confused:, but if i don't there's not any great alternative.

    Thanks if you read that, and even if you didn't.. can you tell me how you *knew/know* medicine is for you?

    Loopz x
    [rant]Then don't so it - there are more than enough people out there who would do so gladly...[/rant]
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    [QUOTE=Loopz
    Thanks if you read that, and even if you didn't.. can you tell me how you *knew/know* medicine is for you?

    Loopz x[/QUOTE]


    Medicine is not for u. If ur not keen to do it, then u will struggle,

    there is alternative, if u care about helping ppl, u can be a nurse
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    (Original post by w8wizz)
    Medicine is not for u. If ur not keen to do it, then u will struggle,

    there is alternative, if u care about helping ppl, u can be a nurse
    I disagree I think that people who may be ideally suited to medicine will almost definatly have some doubts along the way. It's like that with any career you choose, especially with medicine, because it is such a specialised degree that it doesnt really lead to any other form of career and even if it can it would be a waste of five years of your life. Therefore you have to think very carefully about whether it's definatly what you want to do. Its a difficult decision and not always clear cut. So i don't think you should just be put off if you have doubts about it. Just make sure that you think long and hard before making your decision.
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    (Original post by harry1153)
    I disagree I think that people who may be ideally suited to medicine will almost definatly have some doubts along the way. It's like that with any career you choose, especially with medicine, because it is such a specialised degree that it doesnt really lead to any other form of career and even if it can it would be a waste of five years of your life. Therefore you have to think very carefully about whether it's definatly what you want to do. Its a difficult decision and not always clear cut. So i don't think you should just be put off if you have doubts about it. Just make sure that you think long and hard before making your decision.
    Totally agree.

    w8wizz you cannot make that sort of judgement based on my lil rant. Obviously if i'm not keen i'll struggle, i just need to be totally sure med is the right thing for me to do.

    It's not that medicine is something i don't really want to do. It's that it might not be the right thing to do. And i want to be totally sure before i embark on it.
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    I just knew it was 'my kinda job' when we learnt about Biology etc. The immune system was mi favourite. I've always been interested in the Body and the way it works, so i suppose thats why id wana be a doc.


    As for the stress - I kinda agree, its meant to be highly stressful. And then there's the Kids and family (never really thought about that part). Some good points.
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    sorry flipflop2, i don't want to put anyone off :\
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    Lol. It's DR flipflop. Im defo becomin a doc anyways
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    (Original post by Loopz)
    Totally agree.

    w8wizz you cannot make that sort of judgement based on my lil rant. Obviously if i'm not keen i'll struggle, i just need to be totally sure med is the right thing for me to do.

    It's not that medicine is something i don't really want to do. It's that it might not be the right thing to do. And i want to be totally sure before i embark on it.
    ok, i shouldnt have said that, sorry.
    But medicine is very competitive, thousands of ppl apply for about 200 places. any person gets a place should feel lucky even if they had AAA, because there are ppl with top grades who still dont get an offer.

    what i mean is if ur not sure medicine will make u happy, Im sure it will make alot of students very very happy.
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    people who want to study medicine is not in it for the money, as its not even that good for the amound of time you put in it. you need to be commited and wanting to do the job because you enjoy it. it will take up your lifee and be the main part of your life and you will have ot arrange other things like socialising around the proffesion not the other way round.
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    Loopz, there are always other types of medical related courses that you might want to do (e.g. immunology, biomedical science, etc...).
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    Out of interest. What's the working hours for a surgeon or for a GP per week?
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    Ive wanted to medicine for a while, and untill now i didnt really think about what 'medicine' ment. I went on a GP placement yesterday and it really opened my eyes to what the role of a doctor is. I think the best way to know if medicine is for you is to do some work experience, not only for your cv, but to see what doctors do day to day. Don't worry about having doubts about whether its for you, everyone has doubts, its a huge commitment for the rest of your life! I personally want to medicine now more than ever before, for the main reason that i cant imagine myself being happy doing anything else!
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    shouldn't the new working time directive prevent anyone work more than 48 hrs/week?
 
 
 
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