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    Hi everyone! I’m Hania and I really want to do medicine. Basically, I’m super scared about applying. I was just wondering what are the best things about it? I know I want to do it but I’m scared I won’t get the grades and/or not get accepted. I know it’s tough but I just want to know why you all love it and wanted to do it. Is it worth it basically??
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    Hi everyone! I’m Hania and I really want to do medicine. Basically, I’m super scared about applying. I was just wondering what are the best things about it? I know I want to do it but I’m scared I won’t get the grades and/or not get accepted. I know it’s tough but I just want to know why you all love it and wanted to do it. Is it worth it basically??
    Did you do work experience?If so what speciality?
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    Did you do work experience?If so what speciality?
    Yes, I have indeed. I’ve been into my local hospital twice shadowing doctors on different wards and had lectures from a few different consultants. I’ve also been a primary carer for my mum since I can remember (not sure if that necessarily counts in reply to your question tho but it’s relevant)
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    (Original post by hania04)
    Hi everyone! I’m Hania and I really want to do medicine. Basically, I’m super scared about applying. I was just wondering what are the best things about it? I know I want to do it but I’m scared I won’t get the grades and/or not get accepted. I know it’s tough but I just want to know why you all love it and wanted to do it. Is it worth it basically??
    Yes I say it is worth it. But what specifically do you want us to say?

    The best thing = making a difference in people's lives (finding out what's wrong and giving treatment)
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    Yes, I have indeed. I’ve been into my local hospital twice shadowing doctors on different wards and had lectures from a few different consultants. I’ve also been a primary carer for my mum since I can remember (not sure if that necessarily counts in reply to your question tho but it’s relevant)
    What did you make of it all?
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    (Original post by hania04)
    Hi everyone! I’m Hania and I really want to do medicine. Basically, I’m super scared about applying. I was just wondering what are the best things about it? I know I want to do it but I’m scared I won’t get the grades and/or not get accepted. I know it’s tough but I just want to know why you all love it and wanted to do it. Is it worth it basically??
    I love science, I like to read, ask questions etc... but I think I know I don't want to work in a lab. There is something more "real", more tangible to practically be involved in the care of others. I think if you lack motivation for it (which I am not accusing you of, don't do it) because it can be tiring, mainly from an emotional perspective. However, I do believe being able to care for others is a great privilege.
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    Medicine is very rewarding but it will be a drag if your heart isn’t really in it.
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    (Original post by ecolier)
    Yes I say it is worth it. But what specifically do you want us to say?

    The best thing = making a difference in people's lives (finding out what's wrong and giving treatment)
    I think I’m just afraid of the stress levels so maybe did you experience a lot of stress around medicine? Applying and what not. Were you pushed for time while doing exams and practising for the UKCAT and BMAT?
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    What did you make of it all?
    I loved it and always have done. It’s incredibly interesting!!
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    (Original post by DrXavier)
    I love science, I like to read, ask questions etc... but I think I know I don't want to work in a lab. There is something more "real", more tangible to practically be involved in the care of others. I think if you lack motivation for it (which I am not accusing you of, don't do it) because it can be tiring, mainly from an emotional perspective. However, I do believe being able to care for others is a great privilege.
    You enjoy working with the public I assume? Rather than being in labs. Did you find there was a lot of lab work while studying medicine? I don’t mean dissection but more chemistry based lab work?
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    Medicine is very rewarding but it will be a drag if your heart isn’t really in it.
    Ah yes, that’s understandable
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    (Original post by hania04)
    You enjoy working with the public I assume? Rather than being in labs. Did you find there was a lot of lab work while studying medicine? I don’t mean dissection but more chemistry based lab work?
    There is not too much lab work, certainly not very much molecular stuff. I will point out that I am still a medicine student, now in my clinical years.

    I took a year out to work in a lab though!

    Are you interested in lab work/research?
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    There is a book called "Mountains beyond mountains" by Tracy kidder. It tells the true story of an infectious disease specialist in Haiti. You can buy it for next day delivery on Amazon.
    If this story does not inspire you to drop everything and do medicine I don't know what could
    Just a quick quote from the author:

    "And I was drawn to the man himself. He worked extraordinary hours. In fact, I don’t think he sleeps more than an hour or two most nights. Here was a person who seemed to be practicing more than he preached, who seemed to be living, as nearly as any human being can, without hypocrisy. A challenging person, the kind of person whose example can irritate you by making you feel you’ve never done anything as important, and yet, in his presence, those kinds of feelings tended to vanish. In the past, when I’d imagined a person with credentials like his, I’d imagined someone dour and self-righteous, but he was very friendly and irreverent, and quite funny. He seemed like someone I’d like to know, and I thought that if I did my job well, a reader would feel that way, too."
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    (Original post by hania04)
    I think I’m just afraid of the stress levels so maybe did you experience a lot of stress around medicine? Applying and what not. Were you pushed for time while doing exams and practising for the UKCAT and BMAT?
    Yes, there were lots of stress when I applied. I did some work experience (not too much) and volunteered but I didn't have to do UKCAT (back in the good ol' days) - I think it was the last year before it was implemented!

    I really really don't want to put you off, but post-graduate exams are much, much worse than A-Levels / medical school exams!
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    (Original post by DrXavier)
    There is not too much lab work, certainly not very much molecular stuff. I will point out that I am still a medicine student, now in my clinical years.

    I took a year out to work in a lab though!

    Are you interested in lab work/research?
    Ah so not the sort of stuff you’d typically do in A Level Chemistry?
    Ah okay. I’m not too sure. I’d be willing to try it but I really enjoy working with people so maybe not as much as I’d want to work as a GP or a consultant
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    (Original post by tremen222)
    There is a book called "Mountains beyond mountains" by Tracy kidder. It tells the true story of an infectious disease specialist in Haiti. You can buy it for next day delivery on Amazon.
    If this story does not inspire you to drop everything and do medicine I don't know what could
    Just a quick quote from the author:

    "And I was drawn to the man himself. He worked extraordinary hours. In fact, I don’t think he sleeps more than an hour or two most nights. Here was a person who seemed to be practicing more than he preached, who seemed to be living, as nearly as any human being can, without hypocrisy. A challenging person, the kind of person whose example can irritate you by making you feel you’ve never done anything as important, and yet, in his presence, those kinds of feelings tended to vanish. In the past, when I’d imagined a person with credentials like his, I’d imagined someone dour and self-righteous, but he was very friendly and irreverent, and quite funny. He seemed like someone I’d like to know, and I thought that if I did my job well, a reader would feel that way, too."
    Wow that sounds brilliant! Thank you so much for the suggestion. I’ll definitely give it a go!
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    (Original post by hania04)
    Ah so not the sort of stuff you’d typically do in A Level Chemistry?
    Ah okay. I’m not too sure. I’d be willing to try it but I really enjoy working with people so maybe not as much as I’d want to work as a GP or a consultant
    yeah not like that at all. Why are you uncertain about medicine then? Ask me questions maybe I can help answer your concerns
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    (Original post by ecolier)
    Yes, there were lots of stress when I applied. I did some work experience (not too much) and volunteered but I didn't have to do UKCAT (back in the good ol' days) - I think it was the last year before it was implemented!

    I really really don't want to put you off, but post-graduate exams are much, much worse than A-Levels / medical school exams!
    Ah, that’s very lucky!!
    One step at a time hahah! I’ll cross that bridge when I get there but i fully expect it to be challenging. You haven’t put me off, don’t worry!
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    If you need inspiration to do something..
    you shouldn't do it.
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    (Original post by hania04)
    Hi everyone! I’m Hania and I really want to do medicine. Basically, I’m super scared about applying. I was just wondering what are the best things about it? I know I want to do it but I’m scared I won’t get the grades and/or not get accepted. I know it’s tough but I just want to know why you all love it and wanted to do it. Is it worth it basically??
    I would say that the fear of rejection/applying is there whatever you apply for - my friend applied for maths and was basically guaranteed 5 offers with her grades yet she was still terrified. The process is pretty stressful but if it's really what you want to do then go for it because you will only regret it if you don't! Good luck 😊
    Btw I applied for 2018 entry, had 4 interviews and currently have 1 offer (and 1 rejection :/ ) so if you have any questions I'm happy to help
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