Can i be a doctor if i have tourettes syndrome

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tearsforyears
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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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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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I have Tourette’s syndrome I would love to become a doctor but I also have head shaking,So let’s say your in surgery right? You have a scalpel to a guys head and your head shakes then you accidentally turn the scalpel and kill the man or injure him That’s what I always think about
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http://europepmc.org/backend/ptpmcre...7&blobtype=pdf

It's perfectly possible to be a surgeon and have Tourette's. Dr Doran's story while rare is far from unique, it takes adaption but it is possible. Also being a doctor means that you have options beyond the operating theatre, you can be an anaesthetist, GP, cardiologist (the list goes on)- all of which are crucial roles, all doctors and all far from the operating theatre.

If you want to be a doctor, TS is not an obstacle- if anything it is something that makes you stronger and more emphatic towards your patients
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