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I'm currently studying medicine, having just finished the first year. I feel overworked and incredibly under-stimulated. I'm tired of spending long hours in the library to remember facts, I'd much rather have a problem to solve in front of me. I had a lot of pressure from my family to go down the med route, and now I'm stuck here. I've passed the first year in the top 25%, but I still find it boring.

I studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at A-Level, achieving AAA, and an A in an EPQ project. I'd much rather be studying in a field closer to these subjects.

What are my options? What can/should I do? I know I'm lucky to be studying medicine, but I feel like I've committed my life to something I don't enjoy.
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I'm currently studying medicine, having just finished the first year. I feel overworked and incredibly under-stimulated. I'm tired of spending long hours in the library to remember facts, I'd much rather have a problem to solve in front of me. I had a lot of pressure from my family to go down the med route, and now I'm stuck here. I've passed the first year in the top 25%, but I still find it boring.

I studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at A-Level, achieving AAA, and an A in an EPQ project. I'd much rather be studying in a field closer to these subjects.

What are my options? What can/should I do? I know I'm lucky to be studying medicine, but I feel like I've committed my life to something I don't enjoy.
Firstly congratulations on the results you've achieved so far, that's really impressive!

I suppose the first question is do you like the university you're at?
If so, you might be best having a browse of the unis other courses in the sciences area and seeing which maybe interest you the most.

Do you have a personal tutor that you could email and ask for advice or help with this?

See this thread for info about transferring courses and/or unis:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1781424
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Hi there,

Sorry to hear you're not enjoying medicine, although it's much better to make this decision after the first year of study that further down the line, it means you can switch without having committed too much time to it in terms of your long term career.

For those with maths and physics A-levels, engineering is a popular choice, especially mechanical or aerospace engineering if you enjoyed physics, but there are also things like civil and electronic engineering. Of course, chemical engineering would be a perfect combination of all your subjects.

With a mathematical and scientific background like you have, technology would be another obvious choice, like programming or software development, or you could look at business and finance, where they really value high-level mathematical ability.

Hope this helps, thanks, Mark
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The most important thing is WHY do you need to continue on studying medicine to please your parents ?!!!! This is YOUR life - not your parents!!!

You need to have a long think and to know what you really want from your life. What do you see yourself in the future, in 5 years time, in 10 years time etc
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I'm currently studying medicine, having just finished the first year. I feel overworked and incredibly under-stimulated. I'm tired of spending long hours in the library to remember facts, I'd much rather have a problem to solve in front of me. I had a lot of pressure from my family to go down the med route, and now I'm stuck here. I've passed the first year in the top 25%, but I still find it boring.

I studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at A-Level, achieving AAA, and an A in an EPQ project. I'd much rather be studying in a field closer to these subjects.

What are my options? What can/should I do? I know I'm lucky to be studying medicine, but I feel like I've committed my life to something I don't enjoy.
I think you chose the wrong uni rather than the wrong course. I am guessing you are in a traditional med school like Manchester or Nottingham or Queen Mary. There they have 2-years of pre-clinical before starting the clinical - it gets interesting once you start working in hospitals. If you had gone to Hull you would have started in the wards from week 3. Hang in there, it will get interesting from year 3.

Medicine UG is just the start. There are 34 specialities and a further 80 sub-specialities so you are bound to find a specialism that interests you. One cousin has specialised in neurology and another in psychiatry and they love it. They both complained that the first few years was just bookwork (Cambridge & Edinburgh).
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The most important thing is WHY do you need to continue on studying medicine to please your parents ?!!!! This is YOUR life - not your parents!!!

You need to have a long think and to know what you really want from your life. What do you see yourself in the future, in 5 years time, in 10 years time etc
I mentioned doing a different subject to my parents (Chemistry at Imperial to be specific) and the jumped down my throat in an instant. There are no doctors in the family so my parents wanna be the first to 'make' one so they can parade the fact in front of other family members.

If I continue down the medicine route I will end up focusing on research as much as possible (Doing an AFP when graduating most likely), but I would much rather be designing and testing things using mathematical modelling and applying what I have learned about inorganic chemistry. I'm not strongly opposed to sticking with medicine, I just have a nagging feeling and I'm too afraid of changing my path at this point :/
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I mentioned doing a different subject to my parents (Chemistry at Imperial to be specific) and the jumped down my throat in an instant. There are no doctors in the family so my parents wanna be the first to 'make' one so they can parade the fact in front of other family members.

If I continue down the medicine route I will end up focusing on research as much as possible (Doing an AFP when graduating most likely), but I would much rather be designing and testing things using mathematical modelling and applying what I have learned about inorganic chemistry. I'm not strongly opposed to sticking with medicine, I just have a nagging feeling and I'm too afraid of changing my path at this point :/
Whilst it's true it's your life and your decision, the pressure you are facing from your parents is very real. It will not go away if you change from medicine to another subject. They should not be living their dream vicariously through you but it is what it is.

I guess there is the option to inter-collate between year 3 and 4? Why not then do a chemistry speciality degree and see how you like it? I doubt there will be the option to do an inorganic chemistry degree in your year out but certainly biochem. That will give you a feel for whether a pure research career is for you. If you finish your medicine degree you can specialise in chemical pathology.
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