Medical school is tough business and if you have decided to enter the health care field, it must have been a thoughtful decision. Saving lives, takes years of school, research, and dedication. Before you take a step ahead, think about your decision to go to medical school or apply for a residency. Are you really cut out to be a doctor?
Responsibilities at Med School
Medical education is expensive and must be highly valued. The first two years of school, you will have to keep pace with the other students, attend lectures on time, take gruelling examinations, and memorize a whole lot of information. Be prepared to up your game in the third year. You will be required to start making end-to-end clinical presentations and diagnosis. You will also have to be a part of rotations, which need good clinical experience and self-study on your part. There will also be times when you have to do the “menial” work but do remember that this is all part of your medical school experience.
Are YOU ready to be a Doctor?
If you find that you are losing interest in medicine and you feel burdened with all your responsibilities then take a moment to stop and think – what you are experiencing is not new. As a doctor, you have to be disciplined and remember why you chose to be a physician in the first place. You cannot lose hope. You have to be prepared to face the worst, indulge in competitiveness with your colleagues, and face off against people who may be smarter than you. But each time you have to remember why you made this career choice and what makes you passionate about the field. Medical school is a test of you as a human being and as a doctor.
What qualities do you need to survive in this intensely, demanding profession?
Doctors have to be selfless and place their patients before themselves
As a doctor, you have to be dedicated and be ready to make sacrifices
The wealth of knowledge that you have amassed over the years, you have to put it to practical use by holistically treating patients
It is also important that you be a good communicator, patient listener, and cooperative colleague
It is imperative that you take the patient into confidence and be understanding of his or her demands, needs, and expectations
Patience is a highly prized quality in this profession
How to get into a good Med School?
The admissions process for medical school is becoming more and more competitive these days and the average MCAT score has shot up to 27.9 from 26.9. Even the average GPA is now 3.51. To get into a good medical school you have study hard and also remain committed to getting in. Apart from showcasing outstanding academic and non-academic achievements, you also have to write an exceptional medical personal statement that convinces the admissions committee that you are a perfect fit for medical school.
A well-written medical personal statement is a great way to let the admissions committee have a better insight into you as a person and as a professional.
How you can prep yourself for Med School
Prepping yourself up for medical school is a difficult task but is not impossible. Here are a few things that you need to do before you decide to go to Med school:
Do you possess the qualities required in a good doctor – kindness, friendliness, warmth, intelligence, humility, compassion, a sense of humor, and excellent communication skills?
Do you have the will power to survive the struggles of internship and residency?
Before you think about becoming a doctor, ask yourself – Are you truly passionate about science and medicine, in particular?
Medicine is a profession that demands care and patience from you as a physician. Are you well-equipped to withstand the pressures?
There might be situations where you will come face to face with death. Are you ready to handle those situations?
Medicine is a noble profession but with intense competition, it is now a survival game. If you are the best at what you do and if you have the faith then you can succeed. There is no room here for people who cannot handle the pressure or who give up too easily. For a stressful yet beautiful profession, you can be rewarded in many ways. Now, you have to make the decision of going to medical school by assessing your personality and your passion for the subject.
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