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Questions To Investigate Prior To Entering Medicine

Author : arlene wilson


Are you dreaming of becoming a doctor one day? Have you even begun designing your course load in preparation for application to medical school? You may want to take a moment to take a hard look at the field, and at yourself, and decide whether or not this is truly the right move for you. The number of students entering college who want a degree in medicine has increased significantly; There are many serious considerations to make when evaluating the possibility of seeking an M.D. prior to pursuing the degree. Think prior to pursuing your M.D. degree, so you can ask yourself these simple questions.

Why do I want to become a physician? Is it because you want to help people? What are your work habits like? If I determine that there is substitute activity which would be more to my interest, would I want to remain on the job?

Do you find subjects like chemistry, biology and mathematics easy and enjoyable? Do I know these things enough to be proficient in an accelerated version that will be required in the medical field? Can you remain calm and learn not to take things personally when a patient or member of their family behaves poorly? Am I able to maintain my sense of humor even when the people around me are losing theirs? Am I mentally prepared to make the tough decisions required of medical professionals?

How long are you willing to study and work before you begin to realize a financial gain and personal recognition? Health care today is in a mode of change and am I well versed in what I am up against? Are you comfortable and flexible enough to change as the practice of medicine evolves over time? You can certainly find a plethora of explanations of what an undergrad should do to prepare themselves for entry into med school. Most schools will encourage you to include liberal arts courses in your undergraduate program and provide detailed listings and descriptions of all course requirements. And many undergraduate programs will push you to decide, as an undergrad, between a career in medicine and one in one of the health sciences.

You should have a good idea what you are up against early on so that when the studies get hard you are able to remember your earlier thoughts. At the present time, there are 114 medical schools in the United States. Each time a qualified student makes it into medical school, there is one who is not qualified that makes it as well. It is hard to earn a place, you do not need to be a straight A student, but you need to be better than a straight B student. For example, many medical schools consider organic chemistry a "must-have" in order to even consider an applicant for admission.

It's important, therefore, to have a Plan B as you select your undergraduate courses if you decide at a later date that medical school isn't for you. Avoid getting preoccupied with succeeding on that route so much that you miss the signs that tell you to take it easy or store up some resources to make your free time a thrilling cerebral endeavor outside of your profession. You will have to know when not to take things too seriously.

Resist any urge to cheat or compromise your ethics. Don't take bunny courses for the sake of your G.P.A. That is counterproductive to your overall plan for yourself. Efforts like this are a distraction that will mess with your concentration and waste your time. Go the long, hard road. If at some point you realize you can't handle it, or more importantly, that you don't want to handle it, then allow yourself an out. You can quit.

Also, keep your ultimate objective in sight, and don't get lost in the hustle and bustle of the journey. If you find yourself going somewhere you do not really want to go then it is important you realize this. The college course catalogs are never able to disclose all of personal costs both in money and personal commitment, and it is usually higher than expected.

Make the decision early on that you most likely cannot take up both routes. Med School and dental school are both difficult and similar and one should not be a fall back position for the other. This isn't allowed anymore because the dental schools are only admitting students who are committed to dentistry, and the requirements are very strict.

Commitment and dedication are key to avoiding the frustration that can occur on the way to attaining your medical degree. If your choice of career is unreasonable or unreachable, you're not going to be able to sustain a positive attitude for the length of time required to become a doctor. Now if you find that your drive is falling and you're unable to study what you are given, take a good look at where you are and where you are going and decide if you chose the right career for yourself.


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