Is The Doctor In? (Medical students/People with careers in medicine get in here now!)

#1
So I was recently thinking of what to study in college, as I probably will need something other than trying to make it in music, and I decided to study medicine rather than dentistry. I'm currently looking at possibly becoming a radiologist or a pathologist.

If there are any radiology/pathology students in the pit, give me your input please!

If you have a career in medicine or are a student in medicine, your input on it is needed also!
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#3
4th year medic. I start back a week tomorrow!
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#5
Quote by daft
4th year medic. I start back a week tomorrow!


What part of medicine are you going into?
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#6
Threadstarter, I love it and this is coming from someone who was unsure about going into medicine. Best choice I have made in my life probably.


Edit: At the moment, I am interested in neurology, paediatrics and some other areas. But I dip into more this year so who knows!
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#7
Quote by BlitzkriegAir
you wont even have time to concentrate on music if youre going into a field like that
Nonsense. I've been in med school for 3 years. Now have a look at the mp3s on my profile. Almost all of these were recorded by me during the last academic year (since last October). I'm in a band, I write my own songs, and once I've moved to a different uni next year along with my bandmates we're planning on regular gigs.
#8
Quote by ZeGuitarist
Nonsense. I've been in med school for 3 years. Now have a look at the mp3s on my profile. Almost all of these were recorded by me during the last academic year (since last October). I'm in a band, I write my own songs, and once I've moved to a different uni next year along with my bandmates we're planning on regular gigs.

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#9
Quote by BlitzkriegAir
Why cant you let me ruin dreams in peace?
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#10
ZeGuitarist, what area of medicine are you going into?
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#11
I don't know yet, and seeing as I still have 4 years to go (in Belgium, the bachelor's degree takes 3 years, and the master's is another 4 years) I don't think I should. It'd be silly of me to focus on one area now, and disregard all the experiences in other areas that I'm going to come into contact with over the next few years. So if you're thinking about starting medicine, I'll give you that advice: eyes wide open, see and learn as much as you can about every possible domain, and then make an educated choice on what area you want to interest yourself in further.

If I did have to make a choice right now, I'd say general practice is my kind of thing.
#14
Quote by Doctor Matthews
ZeG aren't you a little young to be in med school proper at this time?
What? Why would I be? I started when I was 17, and I'm 20 now.
#15
Quote by ZeGuitarist
What? Why would I be? I started when I was 17, and I'm 20 now.

In the USA people go into medical school at age 22. That's probably why he's kind of confused.
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#16
I've talked to colleges that I'm considering going to, and they said that pre-med wasn't an actual program, more of a set of classes and such you have to take to be eligible for med schools. I can major in almost anything, but as long as I take the other classes required I can still apply for med school. I was thinking about majoring in chemistry.

ZeGuitarist, daft, other med students, is that what happens where you are?
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Last edited by guitarlord28 at Aug 23, 2010,
#17
We honestly need a couple doctors to start posting regularly in the pit.
#18
I'm not old enough for medical school yet but my parents are doctors. I'll act like my post is useful.
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#19
Quote by guitarlord28
ZeGuitarist, daft, other med students, is that what happens where you are?


Yeah I'm in the pre-med program and all it means is that there are specific classes that they recommend to me if I want to get into medical school. I'm majoring in biology but you can major in anything you want.
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#20
Quote by cheesequackers7
Yeah I'm in the pre-med program and all it means is that there are specific classes that they recommend to me if I want to get into medical school. I'm majoring in biology but you can major in anything you want.

Same here. Our advisor for our pre-med program said you can get into a med school with a degree in English if you really wanted to.
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#21
Ok then. I'm probably gonna major in Chemistry
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#22
Quote by guitarlord28
I've talked to colleges that I'm considering going to, and they said that pre-med wasn't an actual program, more of a set of classes and such you have to take to be eligible for med schools. I can major in almost anything, but as long as I take the other classes required I can still apply for med school. I was thinking about majoring in chemistry.

ZeGuitarist, daft, other med students, is that what happens where you are?
We don't have any "pre-med" education or anything... after high school, we just need to take some sort of entrance exam (which is the most unrealistic and unfair exam ever, but luckily I managed ok) and then we can start med school. It takes 7 years to get your masters, and a minimum of 2 years extra to get an official title as a general practicioner... all the other specialisations take 3 years or more.
#23
The test we have to do in England is called something along the lines of a Bmat I think...I might ask about it next time I'm in hospital if it's as ridiculous as you say the one in America is

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#24
Quote by ZeGuitarist
We don't have any "pre-med" education or anything... after high school, we just need to take some sort of entrance exam (which is the most unrealistic and unfair exam ever, but luckily I managed ok) and then we can start med school. It takes 7 years to get your masters, and a minimum of 2 years extra to get an official title as a general practicioner... all the other specialisations take 3 years or more.


Quick question, since I'm probably doing my entrance exam next year. Is there a/a few book/website/something that contains everything you need to know, or do you need to spend lots of time gathering it?
#25
Where were you guys when I started a similar thread? >
I applied to med school, got royally rejected after interview and am now doing biochem with the intention of reapplying to med school...
#26
I've just been accepted into Liverpool University to study medicine. I got 685 (I think) in my UKCAT and A* in Biology, A in Chemistry, B in Maths and Distinction in BTEC music. I'm very much looking forward to the course and moving to a strange new city
#27
Quote by Ragen
I've just been accepted into Liverpool University to study medicine. I got 685 (I think) in my UKCAT and A* in Biology, A in Chemistry, B in Maths and Distinction in BTEC music. I'm very much looking forward to the course and moving to a strange new city



did you do AQA for Bio and Chem?
#28
Quote by Captain Panda
Quick question, since I'm probably doing my entrance exam next year. Is there a/a few book/website/something that contains everything you need to know, or do you need to spend lots of time gathering it?
Well, usually there's all sorts of "practice sessions" all over the place, for instance my high school organised lessons where essential matter for the exam was revised. There are also "official" lessons like that in Leuven I think, but those are pretty costly, so I'd advise against taking those.

Other than that, try Googling "toelatingsexamen geneeskunde". You'll find a whole bunch of websites that host questions of past editions of the exam, which you can try to solve to get an idea of the kind of questions you need to answer.

Finally, the books "Wiskundig Vademecum" and "Wetenschappelijk Vademecum" have proven to be very handy references when I was preparing for the exam and wanted to remember a how certain calculation or formula worked. Try borrowing or buying those, or the latter at least!
#29
Quote by ZeGuitarist
Well, usually there's all sorts of "practice sessions" all over the place, for instance my high school organised lessons where essential matter for the exam was revised. There are also "official" lessons like that in Leuven I think, but those are pretty costly, so I'd advise against taking those.

Other than that, try Googling "toelatingsexamen geneeskunde". You'll find a whole bunch of websites that host questions of past editions of the exam, which you can try to solve to get an idea of the kind of questions you need to answer.

Finally, the books "Wiskundig Vademecum" and "Wetenschappelijk Vademecum" have proven to be very handy references when I was preparing for the exam and wanted to remember a how certain calculation or formula worked. Try borrowing or buying those, or the latter at least!


Alright thanks

I'll need all the help I can get.
#30
I believe in America we apply to med school after the 4 years for our bacholers degree, or in the 3rd you of getting it. I'm already starting to get worried about the application process to the med school, and I'm only 16 . I know I'm going to get into college though, cause I took the ACT last year and got a 29. Im also number 13 in my class of about 300. Still...

Is their any american med students that can tell me about the process? No offence ZeGuitarist and co.
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#31
Quote by guitarlord28
Is their any american med students that can tell me about the process? No offence ZeGuitarist and co.
None taken, why would I?

Good luck with the application!
#32
Thanks Ze, but I just started my junior year of highschool . I don't need to worry for a bit.

But, you like medical school then?
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