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post #61 of 109
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I've always liked Biology and medicine pays a hell of a lot more than being an ecologist. That, and I think imaging is really cool. Helping people will be a nice side effect of the job, but not the primary reason.
post #62 of 109
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Originally Posted by mr.orange View Post

Why did you choose to go to medical school? What goal do you wish to accomplish with your career?
How to say this without sounding pompous?
I have a lot of educated friends with good jobs. If their jobs at this point require much decision making then their decisions occur less frequently and are of less importance than the decisions I make on an hourly basis. I knew that I couldn't tolerate a job that revolved around pushing papers or sitting in meetings for hours on end and I knew that in medicine (surgery really, I don't have a great deal of interest in general medicine), even though the training is long, early on I would be put in positions to make decisions of great importance. I've found it to be extremely rewarding.
post #63 of 109
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Originally Posted by hopkins_student View Post

How to say this without sounding pompous?
I have a lot of educated friends with good jobs. If their jobs at this point require much decision making then their decisions occur less frequently and are of less importance than the decisions I make on an hourly basis. I knew that I couldn't tolerate a job that revolved around pushing papers or sitting in meetings for hours on end and I knew that in medicine (surgery really, I don't have a great deal of interest in general medicine), even though the training is long, early on I would be put in positions to make decisions of great importance. I've found it to be extremely rewarding.

This doesn't sound pompous at all. Sounds like you want to make a substantial impact in life. Kudos!
post #64 of 109
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How to say this without sounding pompous?...
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I understand. It sounds like you want to do something that matters. Most people who move money and goods around have no idea how insignificant their work is.
post #65 of 109
1st year med student in London; the hardest thing was getting in - it's not so bad once you're here.
post #66 of 109
All of the reasons that have been mentioned are all reasons that some people go into medicine. One of my roommates in medical school went into it purely because he liked the idea of being a surgeon. Some people go into because they fancy helping people, some for money, others for prestige. I personally did it because it was the hardest thing I could do in science. There is nothing else that works nearly as long hours, or can be nearly as stressful so it was a challenge.

To contrast a post above from hopkins I personally don't find medicine particularly rewarding. This depends on your specialty as some can avoid this, but most of medicine is dealing with sick old people who simply can't hope to get better, and I as a result the majority of the job isn't terribly rewarding. Treating a 80 year old with pneumonia who probably won't live another year can only be described as work in my opinion work and is not overly satisfying.

That being said there are a variety of branches of medicine that differ greatly from that and obviously some doctors do find the work very rewarding as hopkins points out above.
post #67 of 109
There is shockingly little science in med school
post #68 of 109
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There is shockingly little science in med school

What the hell are you talking about?
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post #70 of 109
Is the price in tea the same in China?

Sorry, thought we were playing the "I'll just make a random joke up and place it here" game.
post #71 of 109
Oh you so funny. I could explain myself further, but I'm busy memorizing laundry lists of pathological findings in glomerular diseases.
post #72 of 109

Another second year here.  Five more weeks for me, then time to focus on step 1.

post #73 of 109

Just stumbled on this thread looking for wedding advice, but I'm a 4th year getting ready for Match Day on Friday!!  Looks like there are some other fourth years here as well.  Best of luck and I hope you all get your #1.

 

Who will be getting a bespoke white coat for July?

 

And for those about to take Step 1, I can whole-heartedly second those that said the question banks are money (yeah, good pun).

post #74 of 109
For those taking the MCAT in the years to come; the format will be changing. Testing time will increase by like 2 hrs and the essay portion will be scrapped because "no one really cares about it." Additional questions will be added to to other sections, which is nice because I'm a very good test taker, but a little deficient in writing. I won't be taking it until another 2 years, but it's nice to know ahead of time what I'm getting myself into.
post #75 of 109
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Originally Posted by TKJTG View Post

I've always liked Biology and medicine pays a hell of a lot more than being an ecologist. That, and I think imaging is really cool. Helping people will be a nice side effect of the job, but not the primary reason.
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Originally Posted by hopkins_student View Post

How to say this without sounding pompous?
I have a lot of educated friends with good jobs. If their jobs at this point require much decision making then their decisions occur less frequently and are of less importance than the decisions I make on an hourly basis. I knew that I couldn't tolerate a job that revolved around pushing papers or sitting in meetings for hours on end and I knew that in medicine (surgery really, I don't have a great deal of interest in general medicine), even though the training is long, early on I would be put in positions to make decisions of great importance. I've found it to be extremely rewarding.

Thanks guys. All enlightening responses. I love biology too and am, at this point, interested in going to med school for 3 reasons.

1) I've always been curious about how our bodies work and how resilient they are. It blows my mind how something so minuscule, like a gene, can have a tremendous affect on life and its processes.

2) I decided there's really nothing else I'm interested in that I could see myself doing in the future. It took me a while to get my thoughts together, but I feel I'm making a solid choice.

3) As H_S mentioned, I too want to have a significant impact at what I do. Life's too interesting to be wasted making noob decisions.
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