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So I want to be a doctor but everyone’s been discouraging me and telling me the downsides of being a doctor ! I’m really confused, help me out! So is there anyone out there who think being a doctor is completely worth it and why do you think so ?
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What are the downsides? Just curious, I don’t know anything about being a doctor.
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So I want to be a doctor but everyone’s been discouraging me and telling me the downsides of being a doctor ! I’m really confused, help me out! So is there anyone out there who think being a doctor is completely worth it and why do you think so ?
tbf its up to you. I would recommend doing some work experience to understand the job and get a feel for it. You can then decide from then
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If you wanna be studying for 8-10 years

GO FOR IT!
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So I want to be a doctor but everyone’s been discouraging me and telling me the downsides of being a doctor ! I’m really confused, help me out! So is there anyone out there who think being a doctor is completely worth it and why do you think so ?
I’ve had the same thing, people will think you don’t know what it’s really like when they don’t either (unless they are a doctor) and you won’t until you become one. What you can do is get lots of experience, shadow doctors, work in a care home maybe and read into the subject.
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Tru but it’s too late now, I’ve to select a course and apply into a university
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Why do you want to be a doctor? And what are the downsides people are telling you about?
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Tru but it’s too late now, I’ve to select a course and apply into a university
You haven't 'got to do' anything. Don't apply until you are sure. Have you done the necessary work experience?
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You haven't 'got to do' anything. Don't apply until you are sure. Have you done the necessary work experience?
Well the university I’m applying in doesn’t need any work experience. I only need to pass an entrance exam and get certain grades in both biology and chemistry ( tho my board exam result will be out in August so I still have some time to think ) also as for work experience I’ve worked in a health care center for a while if that counts.
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If you wanna be studying for 8-10 years

GO FOR IT!
People wish it was 8-10 years. Sorry to break it to you but you will be studying for a lot longer.

(Original post by Soniã)
Well the university I’m applying in doesn’t need any work experience. I only need to pass an entrance exam and get certain grades in both biology and chemistry ( tho my board exam result will be out in August so I still have some time to think ) also as for work experience I’ve worked in a health care center for a while if that counts.
Which university is this? Even if it's not an 'entry requirement', you need to talk about some of the things you've done or seen during your w/e in your personal statement and interview (if you make it to interviews). Not doing w/e will put you at a BIG disadvantage.

Working in a health centre counts as work experience though yes.
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I think the only person that can answer that question is you. If you want to be a doctor, there must be some reason that you are being pushed towards that particular career. It seems that you are being discouraged by others who are commenting on your future career choice. If you have your heart set on becoming a doctor, don’t let anything stop you.

If you are unsure yourself, gain insight into the course, get loads of work experience and read up on the subject.
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I think so. I'd do it again.

I suppose a lot of school students idealise it. Of course there are downsides.
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(Original post by Soniã)
So I want to be a doctor but everyone’s been discouraging me and telling me the downsides of being a doctor ! I’m really confused, help me out! So is there anyone out there who think being a doctor is completely worth it and why do you think so ?
Those people are doing that with good reason. Choosing biology or English or something is choosing a 3 year degree. Choosing medicine is a lifelong career. That's a huge decision and you do need to be as certain as possible that its the right thing. Simultaneously, medicine is glamorised in various TV shows and in other ways and many people do stumble into it without being properly informed ("I've just always wanted to do medicine" )

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Well the university I’m applying in doesn’t need any work experience. I only need to pass an entrance exam and get certain grades in both biology and chemistry ( tho my board exam result will be out in August so I still have some time to think ) also as for work experience I’ve worked in a health care center for a while if that counts.
Hmm. You don't sound very informed and that will significantly affect your chances.

No med school has work experience as a requirement, but they all have it as something they expect you to have. You then talk about it in your personal statement, and your interview (which you neglected to mention, despite it being possibly the most important bit of the application to most unis).

Working in a healthcare centre may well be sufficient but its important you know how to write and talk about your experience - how to reflect on it and ascertain what you've learned. This is what gets you into med school - getting A-levels is just a minimum threshold.

Its also not really 'passing' and entrance exam - its getting the best mark you can in the UKCAT/BMAT and having that assessed alongside other criteria.

When i was applying i didn't take this stuff seriously (I didn't have any source of advice - no medical family a school that had never got anyone into medicine etc). I had 12A* at GCSE, got effectively A*A*A*AA at a-level, top 1% result in BMAT and top 5% result in UKCAT, but got rejected pre-interview for two unis, post-interview by one. Don't underestimate this stuff!
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If you wanna be studying for 8-10 years

GO FOR IT!
AS @grandmedic has said, it's lifelong certainly not just 8-10 years.

It is worth it but there are lots of obstacles, exams being one of them (that you can control yourself).

There are other things like risk of complaints / litigation, risk of errors (sometimes out of your control) etc.
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