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Anyone interested in the medical field?
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20 / F / Wherever the wind...
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Posted 4/14/13
Very interested. Four years ago I considered getting a degree in Medical Technology but then I saw the classes I have to take and decided I was too lazy to survive all that. Seriously, I admire most people who are brave enough to venture into the medical and engineering fields. So sad I wasn't brave and motivated enough. xD Hopefully, it's not too late. Although, something tells me it is. ><
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Posted 4/14/13

sushipath wrote:

Those who aren't medical doctors or in the medical field certainly need not feel bad or any regret that they're not. I enjoy my job (pathologist) quite a bit, but it's not for everyone, and while I really don't think we'll be anywhere near Star Trek level diagnostic ability even in my lifetime, the field is changing, and it may not be anything like it is now. It may indeed become more commoditized. Anyway, I'd say you should pursue your calling, whatever it is. If you think it might be medicine, then shadowing a practicing physician would be a good experience to see what being a doctor is actually like. Yes, you are dealing with real people, not when they're healthy and feeling well and happy, but when they are sick and perhaps feeling their worst and needing to take it out on someone! It's not always pretty, but it can be rewarding.

I'll mention that being an intern and resident is not an unpaid position. You do get paid. It was in the mid US$40K a year in my day. That's nowhere near what a full-time practicing physician makes in a year, but it's something (though particularly if you're paying off your loans, you might just be scrapping by).


Thanks for the advice, I have also found an interest into pathology and toxicology. I find them very intriguing and adaptive.
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Posted 4/14/13
At 17 (pakola) or 19 (KatSerEst), it's definitely not too late. While some people indeed figure out what they want to do for the rest of their life early (e.g. autopsy prosector with whom I worked while a resident-- he knew he wanted to do autopsies since high school, and proceeded to get all the training he needed to be one, and was very very good at it too!), a lot of people change their majors in college, or change what specialty they decide to pursue during medical school. I had thought I might do hematology/oncology, but instead settled on pathology only towards the end of my third year in medical school, after rotating through various services, finding what might and definitely did not suit me, and figuring out what my strengths and weaknesses were. In high school, I first thought I might be an engineer, but ended up in molecular biology and then medical school. Follow your calling, but at the same time, give thought as to what your calling might be.

(At the same time, don't be like some folks I know. It seems every Asian kid I knew growing up, myself included, had to be a medical doctor, lawyer, PhD, etc. Parents pushed a fair number of kids into fields into medicine despite their kids' inclinations-- I think the parents meant well, but still made an error. Some only "broke free" to pursue their real callings well after medical school and even residency, after spending all that time and money, and some no longer even use their medical training. It's easier to "retool" to pursue a different path at 17 or 19, than at 30 or so with 5 or 6-figure debt and maybe family to support.)
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I think some aspects of the medical field are interesting and I respect those going into it for their future career. It's not the path I'll be taking though, I just don't find it interesting enough to spend the rest of my life in. I'm going more towards Astrophysics and Criminology. I'll probably end up doing the former because it's what interests me the most.
Good luck with your studies!
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Posted 4/14/13
In a way I am. I dont want to be an ER doctor thats for sure, i know a couple and that job really sucks huge. I want to focus on genetics and the diseases/syndromes the mutations in dna cause. Maybe i just want to synthesize a hybrid race of super people though, who can really say.
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Posted 4/14/13
I'm just about to the end of my EMT Basic class. It's a 15 week course, so it takes only one semester, then you take your national registry and mail your certificate into the state and get your license. Once you have that you can go anywhere in the state you're in and apply for a BLS position. Once I'm done with this I don't know what I'll do. Maybe work for a bit then go on to medic or get training as a firefighter and go that route. Haven't decided for sure yet.
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18 / F / HK
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Posted 4/14/13
I would if I could... apparently, in my area, the only good medical schools are almost impossible to get into.
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"They look right at it, but because they're not looking for a gorilla, they don't see that it's a gorilla."

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Posted 4/15/13

TheRealEscargotpudding wrote:

Haha, I was interested, then I went to college. And then I thought: hell nooooooooooo.


Same here.
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19 / F / London, England
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Posted 4/18/13
I'm about to go into college to explore the medical field...and I don't know where to start.
The course work though seems like the course work from hell. egh.
Posted 4/18/13
For all of you brave souls going to medical school I give you major kudos. My older sister is just about done with med school, and I can say without a doubt it is a long, hard journey.
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I'm doing drugs.... no not THOSE drugs. Pharmaceuticals, you twisted little...


I'm hoping to study the development of drugs and do a postgrad in neurology to work specifically with drugs used in psychiatric therapy.
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Posted 4/22/13
I thought about becoming a medical examiner but then i realized that I'd have to understand Chemistry and then i changed my mind
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23 / M / Ohio
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Posted 4/22/13
If you're interested in going to Medical School, make sure you do very well in High School, because getting into medical school is EXTREMELY difficult(the ones worth going to, at least).
Focus on your anatomy & physiology, and chemistry classes. If you get less than a 90-95, retake them. Most medical schools probably won't even consider you if you have less than that (I'm in a radiography program, and even less than an 80 is *FAILING*). Other courses aren't *too* terribly important, but if they negatively affect your GPA (too much), it can hurt you.
You should have a overwhelming desire to want to help people though if you want to become a doctor. You should only become it if you truly want to help people and make them better.
And yes, the coursework is harder than nearly any subject on earth, and it will break you if you don't study hard enough, but it's worth it.
My dream job, personally, would be to become a pediatrician. I absolutely love medicine, and getting to help and heal little kids, would be an amazing job.
I actually am in a radiography program, myself though. Medical field jobs are quite demanding, but they are also very (emotionally) rewarding, as well.
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Posted 4/22/13
I wouldnt say you have to do very well in high school, you have to do well enough to be able to get into a good 4 year university to get a BS that can be used to apply to med school. That being said, you do have to do very, very well in College and just as importantly, you also have to dedicate quite a bit of your time doing volunteer work, in order to get into the higher tiered schools. That is just as important as the grades. I can tell you i had friend who was told during his Duke interview that he was the ideal candidate, but due to having very little volunteer time, they would not be able to accept him. But if he was willing to atleast a semester of volunteer before applying again, he was pretty much guaranteed a spot. He decided not to wait and just accept one of his other offers for med school.

I have no first hand experience with med school though, i went the research route instead. People are kind of a pain, hours are horrible for doctors early on.
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