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    please bear with an indesicive, hormonal, teenage 16-year old .

    Right, so after my GCSEs, I decided to go into medicine. Right now, I'm doing Bio, Chem, Maths and Econ.

    However, I'm not sure if I would be suited to 7 years of gruelling hard work...I am extremely competitive though and I would try my best to get ahead of the game, which I've heard is essential for medicine.

    I also take a great interest in Politics, Econ and the like ( I initially wanted to do econ before med), but I also really enjoy Bio and Chem.

    So right now, I'm stuck between doing PPE and medicine. If I was to do PPE, I've considered going into politics, law or even doing a med degree after.

    What do you guys think?

    Thanks in advance!
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    The course is 5 years (or 6 with an intercalated BSc)

    I think you should choose whatever truly interests you more, and if that's PPE then go for that. Although how much experience have you had in the medical sector (e.g. through volunteering or work experience)? You cannot gauge you're interest in medicine by your interest in chemistry and biology a levels (if so I'd certainly not have applied). So maybe try doing more before you apply and perhaps talk to some medical students and junior doctors about it
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    (Original post by oli_G)
    The course is 5 years (or 6 with an intercalated BSc)

    I think you should choose whatever truly interests you more, and if that's PPE then go for that. Although how much experience have you had in the medical sector (e.g. through volunteering or work experience)? You cannot gauge you're interest in medicine by your interest in chemistry and biology a levels (if so I'd certainly not have applied). So maybe try doing more before you apply and perhaps talk to some medical students and junior doctors about it
    I'm not sure what interests me more! I've done a bit of work experience, and I found it pretty interesting in a gp's ..
    Hoping to do a bit more in the summer
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    (Original post by habs10)
    ...I am extremely competitive though and I would try my best to get ahead of the game, which I've heard is essential for medicine.
    Not the most desirable quality you can have no, tbh. Although you will get secondary benefits from it no doubt.

    What work experience do you have? edit: yeah, get some more to help you decide. Only you can make this decision.
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    Definitely do some more work experience (try some in a hospital too) and speak to different students currently doing the subjects you're considering. Another thing to consider is that the learning in medicine is not just during your degree. Medicine is vocational, so you'll have a career of lifelong learning (and lifelong exams!!). Also, which do you prefer, writing essays or doing science questions? Remember that if what's holding you back from doing medicine is your love of PPE, don't forget you could do modules in it for your student selected components, and perhaps intercalate in it if your university lets you
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    Until you are certain you want to do it dont apply! its a life time commitment and isnt something to be taken lightly, i'd get work experience and unless you decide, yes this is what I want, don't commit.
    I hope you make the right decision.
    Work experience and speaking to students/people in the profession will help alot
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    (Original post by oli_G)
    The course is 5 years (or 6 with an intercalated BSc)
    By 7 years he means 5 years of the degree and the 2 foundation years being a junior doctor.
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    (Original post by Fusionflare)
    By 7 myears he means 5 years of the degree and the 2 foundation years being a junior doctor.
    Maybe, but that is hardly the end of the 'gruelling hard work' (to quote OP) that is training to be a doctor; so doesn't particularly matter.
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    (Original post by Fusionflare)
    By 7 myears he means 5 years of the degree and the 2 foundation years being a junior doctor.
    The gruelling work ends there?! Ha i wish.
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    It can be gruelling at times, but it's worth it if you enjoy yourself and are interested.

    I think it has quite a similar appeal to biology as much of undergraduate medicine is memorising interesting things about the human body/illness, although the volume is a lot greater.

    The social/communication aspects of medicine you will not be able to experience through A-levels and you'll need to work out whether they suit you or not yourself.
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    I can relate to you, OP. I was a bit torn between PPE and Medicine prior to GCSEs. I made my choice and I'm currently studying PPE at Oxford. However, during my first term I had a bit of an identity crisis and I realised it wasn't for me. I'm now studying as hard as I can so I can apply for Graduate Medicine. From this, I can tell you to think very carefully about what you decide to do. I've never enjoyed studying more than I currently do when I'm self studying Biology and Chemistry A levels; it feels so right, and I wish I'd made the choice that was right for me earlier on.

    If you want to ask any questions about PPE and how I feel about it relative to Medicine, feel free Although obviously I am biased as I've made my choice! If it helps I also know of someone who completed their Medical degree, decided it wasn't for them, and is now studying PPE instead. Go figure! There is the potential to adapt PPE a little bit to accomodate your interests in health; for example I'm doing modules on Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Social Policy, Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Comparative Demographic Systems (about why diseases, fertility rates etc. vary in different countries) and a thesis on Health Policy.
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    Go into medical law or something
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    go and check out some hospitals, and talk to some doctors about their job, then work out if you want this huge life commitment or not. Another option is medical law?
 
 
 
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