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    I've always had my mind on studying medicine but now that I'm in final year of college I've become undecided about whether to do pharmacology at Leeds uni or Medicine at Leeds.
    I would be really grateful if you anyone could tell me their experiences and how they found the course, how the classes are structured and their workload.
    Anything that might give me a better idea of what the courses are really like from students who personally study it themselves.
    Thank you
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    If you aren't sure on medicine then don't study it.
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    (Original post by Volibear)
    If you aren't sure on medicine then don't study it.
    Although you do have a good point, I can't blindly study a course in which i don't know what it entails. I need some information about it to help my decision. Thank you
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    Did you not do work experience?
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    I have just graduated with a Pharmacology BSc from a different uni. Studying medicine will give you many more career options, and any job that you might take with a Pharmacology degree you would also be qualified to do with a medical degree - but it does not work the other way around as some jobs specifically require you to be medically trained. Also, you may have the option to intercalate and get a Pharmacology BSc as part of the medicine course anyway.
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    Don't put yourself through 5+ years of study, £60,000+ debt and then many more years of specialisation training if you're not sure about it. Medicine is a hugely demanding career; not that I'm saying pharmacology isn't, but I think if you're undecided pharmacology is the safer bet.
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    (Original post by aspiringscorpio)
    Did you not do work experience?
    I did do work experience at a hospital but my task included making hot drinks for the patients. so i didn't get a good idea as to what really happens. Thank you
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    (Original post by student246810)
    I did do work experience at a hospital but my task included making hot drinks for the patients. so i didn't get a good idea as to what really happens. Thank you
    Have you thought about getting other work experience? Do some work shadowing etc?
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    (Original post by student246810)
    I did do work experience at a hospital but my task included making hot drinks for the patients. so i didn't get a good idea as to what really happens. Thank you
    Oh that's unfortunate, have you thought about getting other work experience? do you know anyone working in a hospital? maybe even if you can volunteer at a local Hospice? If you're still very unsure maybe you can take a gap year and use that year to try to get more valuable work experience or you can do your undergraduate degree in pharmacology to see whether or not it's for you, if medicine is still on your mind then you can apply for gradmed
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    (Original post by Volibear)
    Have you thought about getting other work experience? Do some work shadowing etc?
    I did but my college told me that it is very difficult to shadow doctors if you don't have amy connections
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    (Original post by student246810)
    I did but my college told me that it is very difficult to shadow doctors if you don't have amy connections
    Approach the undergraduate department of the hospital yourself, in person if possible, otherwise over the phone (not email - easy to ignore). Definitely possible without connections. All it needs is one doctor who doesn't mind being followed for a week or so.
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    Well it's too late now, deadline is passed.
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    (Original post by TRAnders)
    Well it's too late now, deadline is passed.
    There are many ways in which you can enter medicine
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    (Original post by student246810)
    I did but my college told me that it is very difficult to shadow doctors if you don't have amy connections
    That sounds very defeatist. Yes of course knowing people can make things a bit easier, but many of us here didn't have any 'connections'. It's still completely possible to get work experience, just needs some perseverance. Remember that work experience is not just a tick box exercise for your UCAS form, it's also really useful for you to get a feel for the careers that you're considering. Keep trying - have you contacted any GPs? Think about whether you might have any friends or family in other parts of the country that you might be able to stay with that would widen your search beyond hospitals and GPs in your local area. Unfortunately you're likely going to have to contact lots and lots of places, but's that's normally how it is. Send lots of letters or e-mails, and then follow them up with phonecalls after a few days. Good luck!
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    (Original post by student246810)
    I did but my college told me that it is very difficult to shadow doctors if you don't have amy connections
    There's always a way if you look hard enough.
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    you dont really seem to be passionate about either one? is that a fair thing to say?
    Ive heard of a fair few first year medics drop out because the course just wasnt for them so probably worth thinking carefully about and getting some clinical work expereince
 
 
 
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