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i am wondering about medicine as a possible course choice. i have heard is is very challenging but dont know exactky how much. does anyone know how hard it is ?will i ever get days off? will i be studying every free hour i get?
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i am wondering about medicine as a possible course choice. i have heard is is very challenging but dont know exactky how much. does anyone know how hard it is ?will i ever get days off? will i be studying every free hour i get?
How hard is it? Well it's certainly not easy but it's also doable. There's a >90% completion rate, so clearly most people who get in finish the degree.

Will you get days off? Obviously - weekends, university holidays, etc.

Will you be studying every free hour you get? If you like, sounds a bit excessive to me though!
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I know people who breezed through no trouble at all. I know people who had to work really hard and we're still struggling to avoid retakes. I knew someone who worked 8am-11pm every day, with their 'breaks' consisting of reading interesting articles on Pubmed, purely because they found learning medicine so fun.

I saw an old survey of students that had average workload at like 35-40 hours per week. Which was more than other subjects.

I personally think that the best predictors of how hard you would have to work are: 1) how hard you had to work for A-levels and 2) how OK you would be being middle to bottom of your class. Some people just hate not being top and will say they are "failing" and absolutely flog themselves to be back at the top. Others are perfectly fine scraping a 2.1 lol.
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I knew someone who worked 8am-11pm every day, with their 'breaks' consisting of reading interesting articles on Pubmed, purely because they found learning medicine so fun.
Lol, what are they doing now?

My guess is: either left medicine entirely or they're doing cardiology at Barts.
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Lol, what are they doing now?

My guess is: either left medicine entirely or they're doing cardiology at Barts.
They're an F1 I think, having taken time out to do a PhD during med school and returned.
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i am wondering about medicine as a possible course choice. i have heard is is very challenging but dont know exactky how much. does anyone know how hard it is ?will i ever get days off? will i be studying every free hour i get?
How long is a piece of string? Medicine is demanding whichever way you approach it but most of the time you get out of it whatever you put in. Most importantly you need work ethic and resilience. There will be times when you might have to give up your days off or spend extra hours studying, such as close to exams. But if you start early in the year, organise your time well and stick to a schedule then it's perfectly possible to have time off and a social life outside of Medicine.

I don't know what you want to get out of your career but if you're looking for something that is easy work, low stress and not very challenging then I suggest you don't pursue Medicine. Even the most dedicated, professional and hard-working people will find some things stressful.
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Hi,

current/previous medicine students, what is the work/social life balance like?

It sounds silly but do you still have plenty of time for socialising? Going to the gym? Hobbies (sport etc)? Also perhaps a part time job?

What are some things (apart from the actual studying of course) you found particularly difficult about doing a medicine course?

P.S., I understand doing medicine requires a lot of hard work and sacrifices in terms of time/fun etc. Please don't lecture me on this haha. Just asking for your experiences
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Not silly at all. Although I'm already into this too deep to back out , I am still curious as to how student life is as a medical student.
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Not silly at all. Although I'm already into this too deep to back out , I am still curious as to how student life is as a medical student.
oh aha do you study medicine at the moment?
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oh aha do you study medicine at the moment?
nope, I am an applicant hoping to get in this year for 21 entry.
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Hi,

current/previous medicine students, what is the work/social life balance like?

It sounds silly but do you still have plenty of time for socialising? Going to the gym? Hobbies (sport etc)? Also perhaps a part time job?

What are some things (apart from the actual studying of course) you found particularly difficult about doing a medicine course?

P.S., I understand doing medicine requires a lot of hard work and sacrifices in terms of time/fun etc. Please don't lecture me on this haha. Just asking for your experiences
As you'd expect this question has been asked and answered hundreds of times previously.

The thread we're in now has already had several doctors / ex-med students address a similar question.

Bottom line: it's easier in the pre-clinical years, harder during the clinical phase of the course. The real toughie is when you're a junior doctor.

Just browse through the threads in https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=684

Here's another similar thread: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6605396

And another one: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6586664
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As you'd expect this question has been asked and answered hundreds of times previously.

The thread we're in now has already had several doctors / ex-med students address a similar question.

Bottom line: it's easier in the pre-clinical years, harder during the clinical phase of the course. The real toughie is when you're a junior doctor.

Just browse through the threads in https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=684

Here's another similar thread: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6605396

And another one: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6586664
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It sounds silly but do you still have plenty of time for socialising? Going to the gym? Hobbies (sport etc)? Also perhaps a part time job?
Yeah all possible. It does depend on med school - at mine preclinical was a lot more intense than clinical for example. Probably spent more time actually working on clinical just like hanging around on placement, but far less intense. Though some other unis have you sign into lectures and into ward placements so you have to be there 9-5, whereas others are far, far more flexible.

I personally won university competitions in three sports (well, 'sports') and trained 5 times per week to represent the college in another, plus did running and spent lots of time in the bar... its definitely possible.

Part time job might be hard to maintain in clinical years due to your commitments and best avoided if possible if you ask me, though of course its not always possible.
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Yeah all possible. It does depend on med school - at mine preclinical was a lot more intense than clinical for example. Probably spent more time actually working on clinical just like hanging around on placement, but far less intense. Though some other unis have you sign into lectures and into ward placements so you have to be there 9-5, whereas others are far, far more flexible.

I personally won university competitions in three sports (well, 'sports') and trained 5 times per week to represent the college in another, plus did running and spent lots of time in the bar... its definitely possible.

Part time job might be hard to maintain in clinical years due to your commitments and best avoided if possible if you ask me, though of course its not always possible.
wow that's insane. thank you !
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I am planning on doing medicine but I was wondering what life is like as a med student.
How stressful is it?
Will I have time to socialise and relax?
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Sorry can't be of much help but I'm commenting so I can come back and see med students responses
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Same boat as you
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I am planning on doing medicine but I was wondering what life is like as a med student.
How stressful is it?
Will I have time to socialise and relax?
(Original post by CoochieMan)
Sorry can't be of much help but I'm commenting so I can come back and see med students responses
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Same boat as you
As you'd expect this question has been asked and answered hundreds of times previously.

The thread we're in now has already had several doctors / ex-med students address a similar question.

Bottom line: it's easier in the pre-clinical years, harder during the clinical phase of the course. The real toughie is when you're a junior doctor.

Just browse through the threads in https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=684

Here's another similar thread: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6605396

And another one: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6586664
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Do students studying medicine have time for themselves?
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Do students studying medicine have time for themselves?
Read the above.
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