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Anyone interested in the medical field?
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Posted 4/13/13 , edited 4/13/13
Yo, so I know many people on here want to be a doctor or nurse or some sort of practitioner, and I was wondering what you guys wanted to do if you're going to specialize into a curtain area or would you go into some sort of private practice at a clinic. If your're in medical school already or recently graduated, what experiences have you had in school and how hard did you work to get to where you are now? If you haven't gone to med school yet, what are you most excited for when you hopefully get in and go? I, myself, am going to do a Bachelors of Science degree here and then go into medical school; hoping to eventually specialize in cardiology and become a cardiologist.
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Haha, I was interested, then I went to college. And then I thought: hell nooooooooooo.
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Not interested in the slightest. When you see the classes you have to take to even get into medical school that is when most people change their major. Then you have to take 4 more years of classes to just become a resident in training at some hospital (if you get hired of course.) with no pay usually. You do that for 2 years working as an assistant to a senior resident and then if they like your performance you will be hired as a full resident. It's not like "Go to college for 8 years and here is your giant check." It's 8 years and another 2 years of usually unpaid internship. If you want to do that you can be a full resident at 27 at the earliest if you start college when you're 17 that is. You'll probably start off with a near six digit salary for all of that though. If struggling for 10 years is your thing, and you enjoy helping people go for it. I see tons of people who start that route and change to a psychology major (since the class requirements are almost the same except you don't have to go to medical school.)
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I'm have a BS in Chemistry and Biochemistry and a minor in Neurobiology. I've been in college for 6 years when I was recruited by a university to join a pilot program as a sophomore in high school - which explains the multiple degrees.
I never wanted to be a doctor because it just doesn't fit me. My plan is to double PhD in pharmacy and medicinal chemistry and work for a Pharmaceutical company in drug development. I have my sights set on a few companies already. I'm currently looking for an internship at a hospital because I just got my Pharm internship license - I will be going to pharm school next year, where I can simultaneously earn both degrees that I want. If I change my mind about the research phD, I plan on going on to work at a hospital in a neuro section - i.e. a stroke unit, because I want to get my residency in the neuro field.

People don't go this route because of the "giant check" and they don't change their mind about being a doctor because of the classes they need to take. If you're in for your BS and you find natural enjoyment in the thing you're studying and you know what you want to do, then go for it. There's nothing to it. I honestly enjoy just the pursuit of learning. Don't be daunted by the amount of time you have to spend in school - think about it as amassing a wealth of information that you will then turn into something you've always want to do.
Cardio is burgeoning right now (specially in the US), I'm sure you will find your niche

:) And remember that people underestimate the hard work "talented" people put in and chalk it up to talent. So as long as you know you're all in, then you're all in! It takes a certain type of person to want to devote a lot of time and effort into education, and you seem like you're one of them, so I wish you aaaalll the best. Own that MCAT!
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My kind of girl, up there.
I'm doing a PhD in neuropharmacology. I'm in the pharmaceutical sciences department and most of my TA duties involve grading and proctoring for the PharmD courses.
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My kind of girl, up there.
I'm doing a PhD in neuropharmacology. I'm in the pharmaceutical sciences department and most of my TA duties involve grading and proctoring for the PharmD courses.


Wooooow awesome :O You proctor PharmD courses!? Do you mind if I ask you a question about how to best prepare as an incoming PY1?!
I mean of course if it's not totally bothering you... Oooh, I love CR right now haha
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I have a Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Science. It was an interesting experience but for me to keep it as a full time job, it wasn't happening. I can't handle the pressure if I'm taking lead. I'm not leader material yet
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Wooooow awesome :O You proctor PharmD courses!? Do you mind if I ask you a question about how to best prepare as an incoming PY1?!
I mean of course if it's not totally bothering you... Oooh, I love CR right now haha :D


Um, I haven't been through the program, but from what I understand of it the best thing you can do is learn the drugs. You should have a list of two or three hundred drugs by now, right? Memorize them backwards and forwards. Aside from that, I've heard that the hardest PharmD course on our campus is a PY3 infectious disease course. I think it is challenging to the students because they have to think critically about the disease and how it's to be treated, instead of just memorizing dosing requirements and stuff. If you've taken an infectious disease course as an undergrad, that would probably help you quite a bit.

Also, you sound like a perfect candidate for a PharmD/PhD dual degree, especially because you want to do research with medicinal chemistry. It will take a bit longer to get out of school, but hopefully you can do it in less than 6 years, and it won't cost as much. Funny that you mentioned medicinal chemistry, because I'm working with Sybyl-X right now. It just froze and I had to reload the program.
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I am going to go into veterinary medicine. I plan on being a doctor of veterinary medicine! I will actually have vet science courses and the like in my high school.
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I'm really impressed with those who go into the medical field! So kudos to all you CRers who go into anything medical related. :]
I thought about going into it, but it just wasn't for me. Haha. Good luck to everyone!
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Tipsyyy wrote:

I'm have a BS in Chemistry and Biochemistry and a minor in Neurobiology. I've been in college for 6 years when I was recruited by a university to join a pilot program as a sophomore in high school - which explains the multiple degrees.
I never wanted to be a doctor because it just doesn't fit me. My plan is to double PhD in pharmacy and medicinal chemistry and work for a Pharmaceutical company in drug development. I have my sights set on a few companies already. I'm currently looking for an internship at a hospital because I just got my Pharm internship license - I will be going to pharm school next year, where I can simultaneously earn both degrees that I want. If I change my mind about the research phD, I plan on going on to work at a hospital in a neuro section - i.e. a stroke unit, because I want to get my residency in the neuro field.

People don't go this route because of the "giant check" and they don't change their mind about being a doctor because of the classes they need to take. If you're in for your BS and you find natural enjoyment in the thing you're studying and you know what you want to do, then go for it. There's nothing to it. I honestly enjoy just the pursuit of learning. Don't be daunted by the amount of time you have to spend in school - think about it as amassing a wealth of information that you will then turn into something you've always want to do.
Cardio is burgeoning right now (specially in the US), I'm sure you will find your niche

:) And remember that people underestimate the hard work "talented" people put in and chalk it up to talent. So as long as you know you're all in, then you're all in! It takes a certain type of person to want to devote a lot of time and effort into education, and you seem like you're one of them, so I wish you aaaalll the best. Own that MCAT!


Thank you so much I WILL OWN THAT MCAT Also, good luck on any future endeavours, but you seem like a person who doesn't need luck to be successful
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I'm done with med school, I'm 2 years from being a neurosurgeon, after I'm done probably I'll try to do specialize in cardiology or in some catheterization procedure, but in my case school wasn't hard it was really easy, but you have to read a lot, simple advice I can give is read, pay attention in class and if possible ask for permission to go to a hospital while student, that will help you a lot in everything, that made everything easier for me, you learn a lot more
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Not interested in the slightest. When you see the classes you have to take to even get into medical school that is when most people change their major. Then you have to take 4 more years of classes to just become a resident in training at some hospital (if you get hired of course.) with no pay usually. You do that for 2 years working as an assistant to a senior resident and then if they like your performance you will be hired as a full resident. It's not like "Go to college for 8 years and here is your giant check." It's 8 years and another 2 years of usually unpaid internship. If you want to do that you can be a full resident at 27 at the earliest if you start college when you're 17 that is. You'll probably start off with a near six digit salary for all of that though. If struggling for 10 years is your thing, and you enjoy helping people go for it. I see tons of people who start that route and change to a psychology major (since the class requirements are almost the same except you don't have to go to medical school.)


Fortunately for me, I've wanted to be a doctor ever since grade 6 lol. So, I have too much passion and will probably never switch to something else . I'll go through those 10 years and I'll own it. Tanks for the info though!
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clouths wrote:

I'm done with med school, I'm 2 years from being a neurosurgeon, after I'm done probably I'll try to do specialize in cardiology or in some catheterization procedure, but in my case school wasn't hard it was really easy, but you have to read a lot, simple advice I can give is read, pay attention in class and if possible ask for permission to go to a hospital while student, that will help you a lot in everything, that made everything easier for me, you learn a lot more


Thanks for the info and advise! My uncle is a neurologist himself and is loving it. All the best to you:)
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Could have done it, and I was slightly interested in it. More interested in physics-related things doe.
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