Looking Back

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by reddog, Mar 21, 1999.

  1. I will be starting med-school in the Fall and would like to pose a question to all of you "old saltys" out there. Looking back, if you could start med-school over again, what would you do different? I cherish your opinions.
  2. Henry

    Henry Senior Member
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    Dec 30, 1998
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    At first I want to address your question, but on second thought, i don't think I will want to start it all over again.
  3. Lee

    Lee Sleestack
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    Dec 31, 1999
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    Attending Physician
    If I could do it again, I don't think I would have done anything differently. Doing well in Medicine is just a matter of working hard and keeping your nose clean.

    I might mention that Medicine isn't what I thought it would be -- it's a lot of fun, but the "shareholders before patients" environment really ruins much of what made Medicine the field I wanted to enter.

    Best Regards,

    Lee Burnett, DO

  4. rtk

    rtk Member
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    Dec 28, 1998
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    I can certainly say, I wouldn't want to do it over again. (I was fun, but a lot of hard work.) I don't think I'd do anything differently in retrospect. I studied hard but enjoyed myself as well. Be sure to not study all the time, although you'll be compelled to. Also, realize that it's gonna be impossible to master all the material. Unlike undergrad where most premeds that got into med school were at the top of the class, now the competition has grown exponentially. Don't get frustrated. i.e: med school isn't a competition, it's an opportunity to learn a skill that you'll use the rest of your life (learn what you can, who cares what everyone else is doing).

    Take time to enjoy yourself (did I say that already?). Don't put everything else on hold while you learn medicine. This isn't just a four year endevor, but a lifetime, so try to figure out how to get a good balance in your life. (i.e.: family, friends, studying, fun...) Make lists & plan ahead.

    In retrospect, I think I was alittle unprepared for residency,however. I knew enough medicine to do a good job, but I wasn't prepared for what I'd gotten myself into. When I started in July, after being up for 48 hours for the ninth time in one month and having no day off since June, I began to wonder how I got myself into this mess. I started to wish I'd settled for the easy 9-5 research job I had before med school, and thought how great the nurses had it after seeing the same nurse start and finish two shifts before I finished one.

    Guess my point is that although nothing's gonna change your mind about going to medical school (nothing would've changed my mind) realize that medical school leads to residency which leads to being an attending, which means it never lets up... There's prob'ly not any other profession as mentally demanding, as time constraining, or as emotionally gratifying as medicine. It's a blast, but it's tons of work...not just through medical school, but for a lifetime.
  5. Thank you all for your input. I really appreciate your thoughtful responces and the time you spent preparing your messages. May God bless you in all that you do.
  6. Gregory Gulick

    Gregory Gulick Senior Member
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    Nov 9, 1998
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    RTK, what type of residency program are you in (i.e., surgery, FP, IM, etc.)? You don't need to give specifics.

    Thanks ... and good luck.


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