Why You Shouldn’t Study Medicine: Confessions of a Practicing Doctor

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22nd April 2023

Why you shouldn’t study medicine: Confessions of a practicing doctor

I have to confess, it was never my dream to become a doctor or study medicine. I was interested in science and wanted to study chemistry or biology.

But at that time, my parents had already told me. That I should not study chemistry. Because it was too difficult and too much math and biology seemed too “wet” for me.

So, they told me I should study medicine. I did not really want to do that but agreed in the end.

Because I had a cousin who was already studying medicine and another cousin who want to be a doctor as well. So, we were kind of all on the same track already.

During the first two years of medical school, there is no anatomy class; you will receive mostly basic sciences like chemistry and biochemistry and some physiology.

During the third year, you start with anatomy—you have two semesters of anatomy with dissection.

In total, study medicine will require you to take six semesters of clinical training including:

Three months in internal study medicine, three months in surgery, three months in pediatrics, three months in obstetrics/gynecology (ob/gyn), and then you get into psychiatry for three months as well.

In all those six semesters of clinical training, they are not all together. They are spread out throughout your studies. So that you can get exposed to different fields of medicine during your training years.

In general surgery—which is where most students want to go. The only problem is that there are not enough spots for everyone who wants them.

The best thing about being a surgeon is the money, you can make very good money during your working life as a surgeon if you don’t spend it all on sports cars!

Also there are lots of variety:

You can work in different hospitals every day in fact we often travel from one hospital to another when we are on call.

This way you get to see lots of different patients with different diseases. Also you may check the conditions and different ways of treating them.

The main drawback is that surgeons work very long hours:

They usually start their day at 7:00 or 8:00 A.M., but sometimes they have rounds before 7:00 A.M.

So if someone dies during the night or needs urgent care they have to come early in order to deal with these cases quickly and then go back home again until their next shift starts at 7:00 A.M.

When they return again for another twelve-hour shift or longer depending on how busy things are.

They often work through the night, too, and sometimes they have to stay at the hospital even during the weekend. So it is a very tough job and not one that I would recommend to everyone.

In summary, if you want to be a doctor, you have to realize that it is a very demanding and stressful job.

The good thing is that if you want to specialize in one particular field of medicine, there are plenty of places for you to go. There are not enough places for everyone who wants to become a surgeon.

But there are plenty of places for everyone who wants to become an internist or a pediatrician or an ob/gyn.

Even though they work long hours, they have weekends off and can usually leave the hospital early at night and on the weekend—at least most of the time.

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