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    Hi,

    I'm in need of useful advice =)

    My problem is this:

    I'm a 1st Year UG at Imperial College London doing Physics.
    I cried in a lecture about Riemann Integrals because I realised I just don't care.

    I THINK I WANT TO DO MEDICINE BUT I'M NOT SURE

    A Physics Degree doesn't limit my options much - I could go into Medical Physics for example. Or Banking. (Bleurgh!)

    I had work experience in Med. Phys. this year and it didn't put me off (though it might be a bit repetetive as it seemed very much Radiotherapy-based)

    I have As at A level in Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths.
    A* Biology GCSE. Could teach myself AS Biology in my spare time.

    Applications for Medicine would be Oct 2010, and if I did that I would start when I should be in my 3rd Year.

    I don't know if Physics is one of the acceptable degrees to use and go into a Graduate Entry Degree. (It doesn't seem like I would learn enough relavant info, though I can take modules in Medical MRI and Ultrasound, and Biophysics of Nerve Cells in my final year).

    a) Is there anyone out there who has had the same problem?
    b) Would I be able to start on an accelerated Graduate Medicine Degree after getting my Physics Degree (assuming 2:1 or higher)?
    Has anyone done this? And would I get Student Loans etc.
    c) Why do other people do Medicine/Physics?
    etc etc.

    I think Medicine appeals because of the problem-solving aspect and the fact that it shouldn't get repetitive (though maybe I thought the same of Physics). I have little idea as to what I might specialise in as I have had too little exposure to enough areas, and am struggling to justify why I should uproot my life and change direction, and equally why I shouldn't. Either way I could end up regretting it.

    Does anyone have any advice? THANKYOUUUUUUUUUUUUU!
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    You can do any degree for GEM, providing you get a 2:i, or even 2:ii for some unis. If I were you I'd carry on with the degree; if you dropped out and then realised medicine wasn't for you you'd be stuck. When you've graduated (or even before then) you can gain more relevant work experience and find out if it really is your calling - you can't go into it half-hearted.
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    (Original post by supermatt6000)
    Hi,

    I'm in need of useful advice =)

    My problem is this:

    I'm a 1st Year UG at Imperial College London doing Physics.
    I cried in a lecture about Riemann Integrals because I realised I just don't care.

    I THINK I WANT TO DO MEDICINE BUT I'M NOT SURE

    A Physics Degree doesn't limit my options much - I could go into Medical Physics for example. Or Banking. (Bleurgh!)

    I had work experience in Med. Phys. this year and it didn't put me off (though it might be a bit repetetive as it seemed very much Radiotherapy-based)

    I have As at A level in Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths.
    A* Biology GCSE. Could teach myself AS Biology in my spare time.

    Applications for Medicine would be Oct 2010, and if I did that I would start when I should be in my 3rd Year.

    I don't know if Physics is one of the acceptable degrees to use and go into a Graduate Entry Degree. (It doesn't seem like I would learn enough relavant info, though I can take modules in Medical MRI and Ultrasound, and Biophysics of Nerve Cells in my final year).

    a) Is there anyone out there who has had the same problem?
    b) Would I be able to start on an accelerated Graduate Medicine Degree after getting my Physics Degree (assuming 2:1 or higher)?
    Has anyone done this? And would I get Student Loans etc.
    c) Why do other people do Medicine/Physics?
    etc etc.

    I think Medicine appeals because of the problem-solving aspect and the fact that it shouldn't get repetitive (though maybe I thought the same of Physics). I have little idea as to what I might specialise in as I have had too little exposure to enough areas, and am struggling to justify why I should uproot my life and change direction, and equally why I shouldn't. Either way I could end up regretting it.

    Does anyone have any advice? THANKYOUUUUUUUUUUUUU!
    Don't drop out. If you do and re-apply for medicine, you'll have a lot of explaining to do as why the sudden change of mind.

    Best thing you can do at the moment is continue with your degree, and then go for GEM.

    But be warned! Medicine isn't all about "problem-solving". Try to get some work experience in a hospital, so you can see what medicine is really about.


    LE: "I cried in a lecture about Riemann Integrals because I realised I just don't care." - best quote ever.
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    (Original post by Wolfy^)
    LE: "I cried in a lecture about Riemann Integrals because I realised I just don't care." - best quote ever.
    :rofl: agreed.
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    I don't think you'll get a 2:i in physics if you "Just don't care."
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    leave, now.
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    (Original post by supermatt6000)
    Hi,

    I'm in need of useful advice =)

    My problem is this:

    I'm a 1st Year UG at Imperial College London doing Physics.
    I cried in a lecture about Riemann Integrals because I realised I just don't care.

    I THINK I WANT TO DO MEDICINE BUT I'M NOT SURE

    A Physics Degree doesn't limit my options much - I could go into Medical Physics for example. Or Banking. (Bleurgh!)

    I had work experience in Med. Phys. this year and it didn't put me off (though it might be a bit repetetive as it seemed very much Radiotherapy-based)

    I have As at A level in Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths.
    A* Biology GCSE. Could teach myself AS Biology in my spare time.

    Applications for Medicine would be Oct 2010, and if I did that I would start when I should be in my 3rd Year.

    I don't know if Physics is one of the acceptable degrees to use and go into a Graduate Entry Degree. (It doesn't seem like I would learn enough relavant info, though I can take modules in Medical MRI and Ultrasound, and Biophysics of Nerve Cells in my final year).

    a) Is there anyone out there who has had the same problem?
    b) Would I be able to start on an accelerated Graduate Medicine Degree after getting my Physics Degree (assuming 2:1 or higher)?
    Has anyone done this? And would I get Student Loans etc.
    c) Why do other people do Medicine/Physics?
    etc etc.

    I think Medicine appeals because of the problem-solving aspect and the fact that it shouldn't get repetitive (though maybe I thought the same of Physics). I have little idea as to what I might specialise in as I have had too little exposure to enough areas, and am struggling to justify why I should uproot my life and change direction, and equally why I shouldn't. Either way I could end up regretting it.

    Does anyone have any advice? THANKYOUUUUUUUUUUUUU!
    Start reading the stickies and wikis with regards to your ABC questions. Do some research.

    TBF, it sounds like your just not happy doing physics and would like anything other than it. You haven't got any medical work experience, you don't know a thing about graduate entry medicine...it seems like its just a random thought!
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    Why don't you go to a couple of medical lectures and see if they bore you as much?

    Assuming that Imperial has a similar lecture policy to Oxford.
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    i think you have answered you own question.

    -you are not sure weather medicine is right for you atm.
    - your physics degree could provide a good career in medical physics.

    it sounds from what you have said above that it would be in you best interests to continue and finish you physics degree. that way you have the choice of either medical physics or medicine. plus by the time you graduate you will have had more time tothink about what you really want from life. don make quick career choices, it is better to take your time and choose the right thing than to go into something because you liked one workexperiance you did.
    maybe apply to do some volunteering in a hospis and see how you feel when working with really ill people. also in a hospis you usually have 90% of patients who have cancer and who have been through medical physics/radiology and you could learn alot about a patients pospective.
 
 
 
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