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    i have tourettes syndrome but it is relatively mild. my main tics are finger clicking and shaking my head. my only vocal tic is clicking my tongue - i dont have a swearing tic.
    i want to apply for medicine but will tourettes syndrome be detrimental to my application (and would it cause me too many difficulties further down the line).

    ((i am already aware that surgery wouldnt be ideal with my finger clicking and therefore would not be specialising in this area.))
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    (Original post by tearsforyears)
    i have tourettes syndrome but it is relatively mild. my main tics are finger clicking and shaking my head. my only vocal tic is clicking my tongue - i dont have a swearing tic.
    i want to apply for medicine but will tourettes syndrome be detrimental to my application (and would it cause me too many difficulties further down the line).

    ((i am already aware that surgery wouldnt be ideal with my finger clicking and therefore would not be specializing in this area.))
    They're not allowed to deny you just based on your disability, that's illegal I'm pretty sure. The main thing I saw here is the finger clicks (as you said) as that'd make it really hard/dangerous for you to do anything surgical, even sticking a needle into someones arm could go badly, (looking again/edit) the head shakes could also be really bad for surgery or sticking needles in arms as it'd make it harder for you to do alot of these things, would also take more time.

    There are some people who have tourettes and are in medical school/are doctors
    https://www.reddit.com/r/medicine/co...ith_tourettes/ (as an example)

    So yes, you can get into medicine, yes you can become a doctor but it'd limit your choices out of medical school because of the finger clicking, idk how well therapy helps with tourettes but if you're not getting help with it then it'd be good if you did.

    You could maybe be someone who more talks to patients rather than operates as since your only vocal thing is your clicking your tongue then it'd not be that big of an issue. But no, you can 100% get into medicine and it shouldn't effect your application.
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    They're not allowed to deny you just based on your disability, that's illegal I'm pretty sure.
    It is, yes. But if they justify why (I can't comment on the OPs case, just talking in general) they've denied you, it's not discrimination.
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    Go for it. I've met plenty of Dr's who have absolutely no personal / people skills and if you did, a little nod of the head or finger click every so often would cause me absolutely no concerns.
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    Hi, I'm a medical student at Swansea University with Tourette's, there are also others at St Georges, you are not alone! Tourette's should never been seen as an obstacle to anything in life. My tics vary from quite physical motor tics to humming uncontrollably to wanting to tickle someone's chin (that one I have to suppress near constantly!). It can be different for patients to meet someone like us, but I am yet to meet someone who has refused my help. People are generally understanding once they know. The course will be difficult and it will be stressful, but you will enjoy every second of it believe me.In regards to you application, you will need to demonstrate that you can handle the pressures of the course, as would any prospect student. For example if you get worse with stress mention that you know how do deal with stress in your personal statement. On the application there will be a section for health conditions, write as much information as possible in this section about your tics and how it affects your life. In the interview, spin it as a positive- it will make you a better doctor, giving you greater empathy as you know what patients are going through etc.Even in regards to surgery, Tourette's is not a barrier. There is a surgeon in Canada Dr Morton Doran with quite severe tics- you can read Dr Oliver Sack's case report here. I would also recommend googling Dr Doran as he's a great advocate for Tourette'sWhile this post may be a little late, I hope it can help you in your application.
 
 
 
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