I think this is a great idea. Just to expand on it, maybe you could spend some time working in a medical clinic to remind yourself of why you wanted to become a doctor in the first place. The people who tell you that you need to experience third year before you make a decision to bail are right: at my school, most people loved it when they got out of the classroom and into their rotations (not every minute of it, but overall). Those that didn't love it either left or decided to go into research. What would help in the meantime is working in a medical environment to give yourself a preview.Originally posted by ericdamiansean
Another way would be to ask yourself if you have any interest in community work, for example, if you like working with children, why don't you spend the time during your break working with them at an orphanage, or home? Hopefully, this would perhaps help you cope and give you some amount of motivation.
That definitely sounds like depression. Your preclinical years are very different then your clinical years, if you have always wanted to do medicine, don't let 2 yrs of studying dissuade you from reaching your goal. I assume that you are a first year from your post, and I would just say that the amount of material that you are expected to retain from first year for the USMLE is minimal, and it's even less for clinical purposes. The first step thing you should do is to schedule a meeting at your student counseling center, counseling and medication may help you cope with your situation. Good luck!Originally posted by Vdawg
What is everyone's advice?
My situtation is this - I am a medical student that moved far away from home to come to school in a completely new environment with pretty much no support system. I made a lot of friends in school but nothing that is really meaningful. I have felt that almost all of the people I meet in the medical setting have been very motivated and self-centered. Good people that mean well but I have had a tough time adjusting etc I think. I have went into depression and am taking a year off. But my question is this - what should I do? I thought about transferring but I don't know if that will cure anything, maybe its just prolonging or looking for a way out of my problems. I always wanted to do medicine and feel that I am doing it for the right reasons, a lot of people feel I shouldn't bail out of the field until I reach 3rd year to decide. But the problem is my motivation is non-existent. I drank a lot (recently cut back big time) but I recently developed a gambling problem. I don't find enjoyment in things I used to anymore. My school has been very supportive of working on my issues but they have a time line in place such that I can't take any more years off really. I feel that I havn't learned the material thus far and will need to spend this summer to learn it. Please just throw out your comments, etc if you have time/advice for me.
Mr. Reddly has a good thought that you might be an international student. So I am wondering if this is just a simple homesick or medical school depression or some disorder. You probably have received professional help provided by your medical school already. Still, you can go ahead and vent here. It will help. Don't forget to keep in touch with those who are helping you now.Vdawg said:What is everyone's advice?
I have went into depression and am taking a year off. But my question is this - what should I do?
To the OP: By far, this is the best advice you can get.birdie said:I would suggest that you go see a physician to get professional help. I was very hesitant to do this, but SSRIs have changed my life. What many people don't understand is that clinical depression is a disorder just like diabetes or high bp. It involves a chemical imbalance which has to be treated. Once balance is restored, your mood will be much better.
rock and roll
now for a med student interpretation:
lots of BEER!
listen to punk
yes it sucks
it gets better at times, but I still am not impressed even in the clinical years
hopefully you'll get attendings that are inspiring, funny, and compassionate. then you'll know you aren't alone
Don't worry about your school and its timeline: focus, focus, and focus (hopefully with the help of a psychologist and psychiatrist and a spiritual guide if you have one) on whats making you unhappy and then, only after that, see if you think you can get back to feeling balanced in time for their deadlines.Vdawg said:What is everyone's advice?
My situtation is this - I am a medical student that moved far away from home to come to school in a completely new environment with pretty much no support system. I made a lot of friends in school but nothing that is really meaningful. I have felt that almost all of the people I meet in the medical setting have been very motivated and self-centered. Good people that mean well but I have had a tough time adjusting etc I think. I have went into depression and am taking a year off.