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    Hi! I'm currently doing my GCSEs, and I'm very keen to become a doctor when I'm older. Would any students studying medicine now, or anyone who has previously studied medicine, tell me what it's like? e.g. daily life, favourite things, things you don't like as much. Thank you 😊
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    It's quite dependent on where you study. The first 2 years are normally more science and lecture-based, with limited time on placement i.e. half a day a week. An average day I guess is basically just 9-5 teaching - lectures, small group-teaching, some anatomy demonstration, tutorials, PBL or whatever.
    In the last 3 years you'll probably be on placement full time, which means being on the wards, in clinics, and in theatre. Again it's pretty much Mon - Fri 9-5, we have to do some night shifts, on-call and weekends too.

    It's hard work, you don't get much time off, but I've never found it unmanageable. Do some work experience and see what you think.
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    (Original post by Cheesychips44)
    It's quite dependent on where you study. The first 2 years are normally more science and lecture-based, with limited time on placement i.e. half a day a week. An average day I guess is basically just 9-5 teaching - lectures, small group-teaching, some anatomy demonstration, tutorials, PBL or whatever.
    In the last 3 years you'll probably be on placement full time, which means being on the wards, in clinics, and in theatre. Again it's pretty much Mon - Fri 9-5, we have to do some night shifts, on-call and weekends too.

    It's hard work, you don't get much time off, but I've never found it unmanageable. Do some work experience and see what you think.
    Thank you! What do you consider your favourite and least favourite parts?
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    Favourite parts probably when you actually get to do stuff on placement and feel part of a team - clerking patient's, taking their bloods, doing their cannula and then helping with the management plan etc. I find all the pathophysiology really interesting as well, this isn't universal though. And obviously talking to lots of different patient's and getting to know them and their families, all the holistic fluffy stuff can be really rewarding.
    Least favourite is probably just the quantity of stuff you need to learn, lots of writing up conditions, which gets boring and repetitive, but everyone muddles through. Also a lot of medics are very type-A personality and it can all get a bit competitive and stupid, some people treat being on society committees as collectables and the constant 'CV building' manta can get a bit much, before you know it you're spending every weekend at some conference or society event to get a certificate.
 
 
 
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