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I have always been a really keen medicine applicant but only now am I seriously doubting whether or not I should go on and study medicine.

My AS grades and UKCAT score were pretty good (5A and 755) but the whole experience was torturous... I've always been a study-the-night-before student and it really hit me hard during my AS exams which brought me into a brief period of (what I assume) depression before the results came out. Luckily my results came out good but then there was UKCAT again where I practiced my ass off the whole summer. After it I felt so burnt-out that now even in the crucial time of writing PS and stuff I had no motivation what-so-ever.

Before, I would fantasise of simply getting an offer from a med school school but now its like I don't even care anymore. I thought of changing courses but nothing else gives me the slightest feeling of excitement. And when I think of giving up medicine the thought of wasting my whole summer for nothing makes me wanna slap myself.

If I become burn-out simply by these small hurdles does it mean I'm not suitable for medicine? Or could someones who has gone through it tell me its just a short passing phase and I should shrug it off and continue to pursue medicine?
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Those grades are impresive. But ask yourself why do or dont you want to do medicine.

(Original post by axccl389)
I have always been a really keen medicine applicant but only now am I seriously doubting whether or not I should go on and study medicine.

My AS grades and UKCAT score were pretty good (5A and 755) but the whole experience was torturous... I've always been a study-the-night-before student and it really hit me hard during my AS exams which brought me into a brief period of (what I assume) depression before the results came out. Luckily my results came out good but then there was UKCAT again where I practiced my ass off the whole summer. After it I felt so burnt-out that now even in the crucial time of writing PS and stuff I had no motivation what-so-ever.

Before, I would fantasise of simply getting an offer from a med school school but now its like I don't even care anymore. I thought of changing courses but nothing else gives me the slightest feeling of excitement. And when I think of giving up medicine the thought of wasting my whole summer for nothing makes me wanna slap myself.

If I become burn-out simply by these small hurdles does it mean I'm not suitable for medicine? Or could someones who has gone through it tell me its just a short passing phase and I should shrug it off and continue to pursue medicine?
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I haven't gone through the same situation, but I'd like to give you a piece of advice. You have to find that motivation back. I feel like it's still in you somewhere you just have to reach out to it. Pursue medicine, you never know where it could take you to pursue what you've worked hard for in the long run
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Those grades are impresive. But ask yourself why do or dont you want to do medicine.
I really don't know... Sometimes I'd think I'm just doing it for the stable income but then all of a sudden I'll think it's the only thing that matters in the world. Gosh... I wished I had just settled on something simpler long ago Any other nice course will you recommend?
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I haven't gone through the same situation, but I'd like to give you a piece of advice. You have to find that motivation back. I feel like it's still in you somewhere you just have to reach out to it. Pursue medicine, you never know where it could take you to pursue what you've worked hard for in the long run
I've been trying to find that passion too, even tried to watch Grey's anatomy in a desperate attempt, but watching a tv series now just seems so off. Any other ways will you suggest?
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I've been trying to find that passion too, even tried to watch Grey's anatomy in a desperate attempt, but watching a tv series now just seems so off. Any other ways will you suggest?
tbh you should stop and take a break, look at other careers / options available and then look back at medicine and see if you really want to do it. Being a doctor wont be at all easy, 5 years at university than 2 foundation etc, its a life long commitment, so you need to fully believe in it to make it through to the end .
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That's a hard one seeing that your UKCAT and ASs are pretty amazing!! At the same time, you do really have to consider that medicine is 5 years of working hard solidly (my uncle, aunt, and cousins are all doctors. One of the cousins starting his 2nd year of medicine now) and you come out of it with a very rubbish wage at the start, usually around £21,000 to start. You work for it. Your hours aren't great and it's really hard earned money if an income is your main priority. Why not a different route of sciences? Dentistry veterinary optometry pharmacy or something less applied like Biomedicine or such? Have a talk with your parents and teachers. Remember 5 years is a long time. If you're having any doubts whatsoever, it might not be for you
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medicine is easy you can do it m8
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That's a hard one seeing that your UKCAT and ASs are pretty amazing!! At the same time, you do really have to consider that medicine is 5 years of working hard solidly (my uncle, aunt, and cousins are all doctors. One of the cousins starting his 2nd year of medicine now) and you come out of it with a very rubbish wage at the start, usually around £21,000 to start. You work for it. Your hours aren't great and it's really hard earned money if an income is your main priority. Why not a different route of sciences? Dentistry veterinary optometry pharmacy or something less applied like Biomedicine or such? Have a talk with your parents and teachers. Remember 5 years is a long time. If you're having any doubts whatsoever, it might not be for you
pharmacy optom biomed all require 3years+

locum doctor can earn from £300-£3000 a day.
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I really don't know... Sometimes I'd think I'm just doing it for the stable income but then all of a sudden I'll think it's the only thing that matters in the world. Gosh... I wished I had just settled on something simpler long ago Any other nice course will you recommend?
What did you get for your GCSEs?

Which A levels did u do?
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pharmacy optom biomed all require 3years+

locum doctor can earn from £300-£3000 a day.
I was referring to a trainee doctor earning £21K. http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore...y-for-doctors/ NHS website. A locum doctor is usually more advanced. I was pointing out that starting out won't be fun.

Also I was giving optom and dentistry as examples of alternatives to medicine. Seeing that Med is 5+ as opposed to 3+ Years. They may spark More interest
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What did you get for your GCSEs?

Which A levels did u do?
IGCSE 8A* 1A (yeah I know it's not great compared to others here... but our school only lets us choose 8 to study and I studied one myself)

I'm doing A levels of Chem, Bio, Math, Geo, Chinese and AS for Applied ICT and English (B on that and A on rest).

Thank for your attention
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That's a hard one seeing that your UKCAT and ASs are pretty amazing!! At the same time, you do really have to consider that medicine is 5 years of working hard solidly (my uncle, aunt, and cousins are all doctors. One of the cousins starting his 2nd year of medicine now) and you come out of it with a very rubbish wage at the start, usually around £21,000 to start. You work for it. Your hours aren't great and it's really hard earned money if an income is your main priority. Why not a different route of sciences? Dentistry veterinary optometry pharmacy or something less applied like Biomedicine or such? Have a talk with your parents and teachers. Remember 5 years is a long time. If you're having any doubts whatsoever, it might not be for you
Thanks, I'll consider that. But just lets say I'm only doing medicine for the stable income and wealth, is it the best choice? I'm an international student and the tuition fees may also rack up a heavy burden for my parents, so is medicine pretty much the most (stably) lucrative career out there? Courses like business kinda sounds like there's a bigger chance to earn big bucks (and much shorter) but then people tell me it's so unspecialised that there's a big chance I could find a nice job in the future and those like ibankers are the extreme minority... Any insights?
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Your IGCSEs are great.
If u dont mind I want to ask you about your UMS on AS subjects.

You could PM me.

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IGCSE 8A* 1A (yeah I know it's not great compared to others here... but our school only lets us choose 8 to study and I studied one myself)

I'm doing A levels of Chem, Bio, Math, Geo, Chinese and AS for Applied ICT and English (B on that and A on rest).

Thank for your attention
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I've seen many people talk about going through this phase and what I will say (based on fact) is that medicine is a field whereby you have to love what you're doing or you'll hate it for the rest of your life. Please do not go into medicine for the money or prestige, if you want to go into it, it should be because you love medicine and it's something you wish to practice for the rest of your life. The ones that go into it for the money or prestige are the ones that drop out within the first few years because they realise that even with the money, it isn't worth wasting your time on something you don't even enjoy. Medicine is a long hard drive that'll require numerous examinations and your workload will undoubtedly pile up at times and become stressful. If you are unsure if medicine is for you even before your're just about to apply then simply don't! Take a gap year, find out what you enjoy and love and if you realise that you do love medicine then you can always apply after your gap year! Honestly though, if examinations stress you out big time then medicine perhaps might not be for you as like I said, you will have to complete many examinations before, during and after medical school. Good alternatives may include studying neuroscience at university or perhaps pharmacy as someone mentioned which are definitely found to be less stressful than medicine. This is by no means supposed to dissuade you from medicine because ultimately if you love medicine then that should be the only career you aspire to go into but do make sure you've made an informed and wise decision because training a doctor can cost up to £250,000 of the taxpayers' money and it's your own time, money and effort that's wasted the most.
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