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    • Im not the most sciencey person, im good enough at biology, not great at physics, but i am intelligent (school wise)

    • I like the hospital environment, and learning about symptoms and diagnosis/diseases (im more interested in what can go wrong than different body parts and how they work, although i would be willing to learn about either..)

    • One big thing bothering me is memorizing massive words associated with medicine:confused:


    • Im not squeamish about blood


    • ATM my CAO choices are between medicine and business (unfortunately you are only offered your top choice in a list of 10 in Ireland )


    • I also plan to do work experience in a hospital to see first hand


    Has anything I have said make me seem suited or not suited to med school and life as a Doctor?

    PS: How many years from your first year of college does it take until your a doctor (inc. residency?)
    What salary would you get paid on average during your residency?
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    5/6 years of Medical School
    8 years till you become a Consultant

    In the UK they are called Specialist Registrars not Resident's (thats the US)

    However if you are considering a career in medicine do some work experience because there are things A LOT worse then memorizing long words
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    You can't really answer that question until you're actually a med student, but then again, there are different qualities that makes someone a 'good' med student. You may like science and enjoy the hospital environment, but that doesn't mean medicine is for you, and that you have the qualities necessary to be a successful medical student (determination and commitment are some that come to mind).
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    If you have doubts dont do it.
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    It's hard for me to say, because I don't know you. Also, I don't think I know 100% what makes a good doctor, as I am an applicant myself :p:

    However, I would suggest doing a little bit more research and perhaps visiting this site http://www.medschoolsonline.co.uk/index.php?pageid=140.
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    I think you'd make a passable salesman, what with your habit of breaking everything down into bullet style.
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    (Original post by Kreuzuerk)
    I think you'd make a passable salesman, what with your habit of breaking everything down into bullet style.
    I hate when people post massive paragraphs.. Im such a helpful person:p:
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    (Original post by streamline)
    A LOT worse then memorizing long words
    I understand there would be:yes:

    Could anyone lend a few of the worse examples they have heard of/experienced?

    Just curious, i want to make an informed decision!
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    (Original post by stainluss)
    [*]I like the hospital environment, and learning about symptoms and diagnosis/diseases (im more interested in what can go wrong than different body parts and how they work, although i would be willing to learn about either..)[/LIST]
    i'm curious, how do you understand what 'goes wrong' without understanding how something works in the 'right' way
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    (Original post by John Locke)
    i'm curious, how do you understand what 'goes wrong' without understanding how something works in the 'right' way
    just different conditions/diseases what they affect, and the symptoms.

    when i say work the right way, i mean the intricate way in which our body works
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    Well, there's nothing wrong with not being certain about it..
    I only decided after my work experience after AS.. And then once I'd got my AS grades, then I was completely set on it..
    I would say do as much work experience and voluntary work as you can, just to see if you enjoy the regular contact with people..
    It's not the get rich quick career, so if you don't get satisfaction from the career itself, the money won't be enough..
    Ask people who know you well to see if they'd associate good doctor traits with you?
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    (Original post by Spider Pig)
    If you have doubts dont do it.
    This.

    For example, I know I am going to be a good medic, which implies that I know I'll get into medicine, because it's the one thing I want to do with my life.
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    (Original post by stainluss)
    • Im not the most sciencey person, im good enough at biology, not great at physics, but i am intelligent (school wise)

    • I like the hospital environment, and learning about symptoms and diagnosis/diseases (im more interested in what can go wrong than different body parts and how they work, although i would be willing to learn about either..)

    • One big thing bothering me is memorizing massive words associated with medicine:confused:


    • Im not squeamish about blood


    • ATM my CAO choices are between medicine and business (unfortunately you are only offered your top choice in a list of 10 in Ireland )


    • I also plan to do work experience in a hospital to see first hand


    Has anything I have said make me seem suited or not suited to med school and life as a Doctor?

    PS: How many years from your first year of college does it take until your a doctor (inc. residency?)
    What salary would you get paid on average during your residency?
    I was in your position few years ago. I was interested in medicine but then at the same time I knew that I would succeed in business . But you shouldn’t forget that you can always combine these two in one way or another. Be a GP or start a pharmaceutical company. Hell if I still think that med is not the right path for me then I will work in some well paid job somewhere remote to pay of my univ debt and start a hostel in Australia loool
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    (Original post by Spider Pig)
    If you have doubts dont do it.
    I completely disagree. Plenty of people have doubts; I thought it was pretty normal.
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    (Original post by Wolfy^)
    This.

    For example, I know I am going to be a good medic, which implies that I know I'll get into medicine, because it's the one thing I want to do with my life.
    You sound like an obsessive idealist who will get his dreams crushed the first time someone dies on him, or he has a crappy shift.

    If you think you can honestly say with any confidence, when you appear to be at the very least 7 years away from graduating, that you know you're going to make a good doctor, you need to be sectioned.
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    (Original post by John Locke)
    i'm curious, how do you understand what 'goes wrong' without understanding how something works in the 'right' way
    Ask any shadow cabinet. :p:
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    (Original post by Wolfy^)
    This.

    For example, I know I am going to be a good medic, which implies that I know I'll get into medicine, because it's the one thing I want to do with my life.
    doubts about doing medicine are completely normal and healthy. with anyone applying who has never had any doubts, i would be doubtful that they really realised what the career entails...
    its about having doubts, and realising that you want it despite the negatives.
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    (Original post by Spider Pig)
    If you have doubts dont do it.
    No. As Lyra would say, we all have choices, and while you are alive, your duty is to the living and to live in this world. If we only ever did what we knew we could do, the world would be a drab and lonely place indeed.
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    (Original post by Phalanges)
    You sound like an obsessive idealist who will get his dreams crushed the first time someone dies on him, or he has a crappy shift.

    If you think you can honestly say with any confidence, when you appear to be at the very least 7 years away from graduating, that you know you're going to make a good doctor, you need to be sectioned.
    awwww don't crush his dreams, that's rather mean. Let him be. Being deluded is one of the things that gets you through the med course. There's too many negative things about medicine to always maintain to be realistic all the time. Most med students don't know how well they'll fare as a doctor let alone med applicants.

    As for the OP's question why the hell would you care how good a med student you're going to be? You don't need to impress the uni of you're worth, they're already convinced of it when they accept you. You can be stupid, squeamish of blood, scared of patients, all of those things. And you can still get through med school and go on to become a great doctor if you try hard enough and pass the exams. For example if you were squeamish with blood, you can force yourself to get over it if you really want to just keep trying (if you do dissection for example, keep dissecting) and you'll get used to it.

    Most med students will hate some things about the course and most doctors will hate stuff about their job. For example like you I hate memorising all these medical terms but I'll still learn them as my goal is to finish med school and become a doctor.

    As for having doubts, loads of medics have doubts about medicine. If you don't have any doubts at all then you're probably deluded (which as I've said before probably helps lol). If Medicine and becoming a doctor looks like the most favourite option at the point of applying to ucas, go ahead and take it. If things don't work out for you, you can always switch course. Just make sure you know what you're getting into with medicine before you apply that's all. I still have doubts whether I'll enjoy being a doctor even though I'm a med student as I won't actually know what being a doctor is like until I actually do it for myself.
 
 
 
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