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    Basically, I've wanted to do medicine ever since about half way through year 10. I love biology and the science behind medicine, but I've never really wanted to lock my self in a lab and do research all day. Thats why medicine appealed to me, I could learn all the science and apply it to help people, which would be meaningful and therefore satisfying. However, recently I've started going off the idea, mainly due to the significant negatives of the job - the immense pressures, stresses, long hours etc. This is now getting quite worrying as the UCAS deadline is fast approaching.
    I need some advice on how bad these aspects are of being a doctor, and how good the positives are.
    I would also like some advice on alternatives careers in a similar field (e.g. biology/medicine etc.).
    Finally, a course that caught my eye was biomedical engineering. But I haven't taken A-level physics. What would I have to do to get onto a course?

    Sorry for the long post and the thousands of questions, my minds all over the place at the moment :confused:
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    (Original post by Boople)
    Basically, I've wanted to do medicine ever since about half way through year 10. I love biology and the science behind medicine, but I've never really wanted to lock my self in a lab and do research all day. Thats why medicine appealed to me, I could learn all the science and apply it to help people, which would be meaningful and therefore satisfying. However, recently I've started going off the idea, mainly due to the significant negatives of the job - the immense pressures, stresses, long hours etc. This is now getting quite worrying as the UCAS deadline is fast approaching.
    I need some advice on how bad these aspects are of being a doctor, and how good the positives are.
    I would also like some advice on alternatives careers in a similar field (e.g. biology/medicine etc.).
    Finally, a course that caught my eye was biomedical engineering. But I haven't taken A-level physics. What would I have to do to get onto a course?

    Sorry for the long post and the thousands of questions, my minds all over the place at the moment :confused:
    Did you do any work experience? How did you find it?

    Yeah there's no denying it - there will be long and unsociable hours, lots of exams, lifelong learning etc. No matter how much you like the idea of treating people, applying science in a direct way, etc, there's no getting around the fact that it's a demanding job and always will be.

    That said, it comes back to your personal preferences - I think the majority of jobs become tiring after a while. I'd much rather be tired and working long hours in a hospital as a doctor than working shorter hours in a boring office some place where I won't feel like I'm making a difference. It depends how you see your future and what your priorities are.

    What about other health related careers? Physiotherapy, pharmacy, audiology, SALT, etc - all of these are scientific and at the same time patient-oriented.
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    (Original post by Boople)
    Basically, I've wanted to do medicine ever since about half way through year 10. I love biology and the science behind medicine, but I've never really wanted to lock my self in a lab and do research all day. Thats why medicine appealed to me, I could learn all the science and apply it to help people, which would be meaningful and therefore satisfying. However, recently I've started going off the idea, mainly due to the significant negatives of the job - the immense pressures, stresses, long hours etc. This is now getting quite worrying as the UCAS deadline is fast approaching.
    I need some advice on how bad these aspects are of being a doctor, and how good the positives are.
    I would also like some advice on alternatives careers in a similar field (e.g. biology/medicine etc.).
    Finally, a course that caught my eye was biomedical engineering. But I haven't taken A-level physics. What would I have to do to get onto a course?

    Sorry for the long post and the thousands of questions, my minds all over the place at the moment :confused:
    I'm sorry I don't know the answer to your questions, but I just wanted to point out that if you're really not sure which direction to go at this point (with, as you say, the UCAS deadline approaching) it may be worth not applying this year and taking a gap year. That would give you the time to gather the information you need to answer the questions in your post, and to really consider what path you want to go down, rather than rushing into applying for something before the deadline and then realising that actually, it isn't what you expected it to be.

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