So…it’s been over a year since I wrote my first post on getting into med school (you can read it here), and I’ve been receiving a lot of questions regarding the process. The most common questions I’ve received are ‘Is Medicine right for me?’, ‘Are internships useful?’ and ‘What if I enter med school and regret it later?’, so I’ve tried my best to cover the full scope of these questions to hopefully help y’all make a more informed decision before choosing to apply for or pursue Medicine!
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Let’s start off with the most common question…
Is Medicine the right choice for me?
Whatever your reasons for applying for med, ask yourself if you can see yourself working as a doctor for the next 30-odd years of your life, or if you’d rather be pursuing another career that you’re more interested in
and is probably less tiring. It really doesn’t matter whether you’re the type who says that being a doctor is a calling, or if you’re applying for fun or due to peer pressure; I had friends who wanted to do Med so badly but didn’t make it past the interviews, while there were some batchmates who applied for fun and got accepted.
In my NUS and NTU applications, I listed Medicine as my first choice and put random courses for the other choices because I was going to go overseas for med if I couldn’t get a spot here, but a lot of my friends put dentistry/law as their other choices, and most succeeded in getting a place in one of these 3 courses, or they left for greener pastures in UK/USA.
If you’re thinking of joining Medicine just to become a specialist/get into the Residency programme, I hate to be the one who bursts your bubble, but it’s becoming more difficult (and will only get harder) to get a coveted spot for specialty training. MOH has been aggressively pushing their new agenda of having more ‘generalists’ (i.e specialties like geriatrics, family medicine) – just read this article, it explains MOH’s reasons very well – on top of decreasing the total number of residency places available. So if you’re entering Medicine hoping to be a neurosurgeon or some elusive specialty, just don’t.
Wanting to heal people and make their lives better in any capacity should be your reason for joining Medicine. Don’t do it for the money, prestige, or the dream of someday becoming a specialist. Do it for the love of the people, and wanting to help them; that’s what will keep you motivated throughout the good and bad times.