What should I know before pursuing a medical career?

Updated on : December 7, 2021 by Evie Young



What should I know before pursuing a medical career?

I will try to make a list, it will not be understandable.

  • It's a long way. 12-15 years of hard work to become a superspecialist and one is still starting a career.
  • It has very little to do with intelligence, most doctors are quite intelligent people, but being intelligent is not the only thing. Lots of hard work and constant midnight oil.
  • Learning will not stop for life. Things are constantly changing. Something you trained to be an expert at will disappear under your feet in no time. We read about various gastrectomies and vagotomies while performing MBBS, those procedures are rarely used n
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I will try to make a list, it will not be understandable.

  • It's a long way. 12-15 years of hard work to become a superspecialist and one is still starting a career.
  • It has very little to do with intelligence, most doctors are quite intelligent people, but being intelligent is not the only thing. Lots of hard work and constant midnight oil.
  • Learning will not stop for life. Things are constantly changing. Something you trained to be an expert at will disappear under your feet in no time. We read about various gastrectomies and vagotomies while doing MBBS, those procedures are rarely used now. Imagine the fate of the surgeon who specialized in performing these surgeries. There is a constant need to improve your skills and your knowledge base.
  • Due to the previous point, it is necessary to read regularly about what happens in our respective fields, otherwise we will be left behind.
  • There are only half the number of MD / MS seats as there are MBBS seats. You will have the first taste of a great injustice as you compete for these seats.
  • Doctors tend to be fiercely competitive, especially in corporate settings, as a result, you get pretty lonely as you move up the ladder.
  • Because earning points starts quite late, we end up being a burden on our parents. I lived with my parents until I was 27 years old. All my engineer friends had settled down and were preparing to make their house payments or expand / renovate their parents' house while I was still reading.
  • Life passes while you keep struggling with books. my younger brother and a cousin started and finished their engineering courses one after another and got good jobs while I was going through my MBBS and MD. Fortunately, my brother is a sensitive and caring soul, who did not rub this on me. Everyone believed that I was the smartest. Go figure.
  • You can get a decent job as soon as you finish MBBS / MD / DM practically the day after finishing the course. But thanks to an early start, friends in other streams will be way ahead in monetary terms.
  • People love having you in their social circle, but there is little time to participate in social events even after finishing your course. I have almost no social life (not that I want it), and I am a Pathologist. Imagine the state of the doctors.
  • Everything is delayed when it comes to personal life. if you fall behind in your career, your family will be compromised. Balance is difficult to achieve. As my family grows, I constantly worry about whether I can give my children enough time and watch them grow.
  • One of the greatest joys of being a Doctor is the positive effect we can have on the lives of our patients and their families by counseling them, treating their ailments, and building a bond that often lasts for life. However, patients are no longer what they used to be, they are now clients / clients who want to be right all the time. They want us to fix a lifetime of bad decisions / horrible health choices / serious mistakes in one night and if not, they are willing to make a fuss.
  • For those of us who have started teaching. Students are also constantly changing, it is a generation that prefers 'Meh' throughout their lives than trying to do something about it. For a small minority who really work hard, I can hardly promise that things will get better. I sincerely hope that things will improve for our profession and that both present and future generations have a bright future.
  • Medicine has been fairly stable as a profession with its high moral and ethical standards for a long time, but in recent times, as there is a movement towards privatization and corporatization, its contours are changing dramatically. For those of us who grew up with old-school beliefs in morals and principles, it's a constant uphill struggle. We hope to endure and survive these difficult times.

Medicine takes time, hard work, patience, sacrifice and sacrifice on so many levels, I wonder if it will all be worth it.

To sum it up in the words of Rober Frost

"The forests are beautiful, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
and miles to go before I sleep,
and miles to go before I sleep."

- Robert Frost

  1. Does it bother you to see blood?
  2. Do corpses bother you? Especially if they're exhumed for a forensic autopsy and they're half rotten and smell like a fish has been left in the kitchen for a week?
  3. Can you go 36 hours without sleep or maybe just ten minute naps to moisten your eyes?
  4. Can you endure a 16 hour surgery without food or water?
  5. Would you pass out if a small child with a bowel obstruction walks in and you open it up and you have to pull out a 7 foot tapeworm because you have to find the head or it grows back? Our professor passed out and two medical students finished the case.
  6. Do
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  1. Does it bother you to see blood?
  2. Do corpses bother you? Especially if they're exhumed for a forensic autopsy and they're half rotten and smell like a fish has been left in the kitchen for a week?
  3. Can you go 36 hours without sleep or maybe just ten minute naps to moisten your eyes?
  4. Can you endure a 16 hour surgery without food or water?
  5. Would you pass out if a small child with a bowel obstruction walks in and you open it up and you have to pull out a 7 foot tapeworm because you have to find the head or it grows back? Our professor passed out and two medical students finished the case.
  6. Do you have the calm personality to tell someone and your family that the person is dying?
  7. Just a few things for you to think about. You will also be very poor in medical school and live off hot dogs. Once you graduate, every time you go to a concert or a sports game, you will probably be called up and you will have to leave. To be a doctor, you must love medicine above all else.

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