It is not easy being in a medical school. As a matter of fact, it is not easy being in any educational institution—but, people do not get that very often. This short-sightedness provides a fertile ground for stereotypes to grow. Medical school has been subject to many stereotypes which go on to define what it is and what its students are.
I have many friends who study in or have been to medical school, and they complain, and very rightly so, about how people approach them and medical school. After having discussed with them, I have compiled a list of 5 things which people mistake about medical school.
It is highly advised that you pay attention to what has been written down over here and ensure that you dispose of these myths in case you have believed in them. With this note, let us begin.
- No Life Outside Medical School
Only yesterday, I was on a call with a friend of mine who told me about the pressure she has in medical school. But, she also mentioned that this is inevitable. Despite having a jam-packed schedule, she has a thriving social life of which she is absolutely proud of.
Once you are in medical school, you sign up for late-hours studying and many other things. It is the nature of the medical profession which requires them to invest time into studying and doing duty. But, this does not mean that they have no time to take a breather. They do, but we fail to see that.
Nobody signed up for medical school to forsake social life. Just because something is hard does not mean it cannot be accomplished without giving up social life.
- First Year in Medical School and Students Know All the medicine
The first year at medical school is about fundamentals. The course material compiles all the basics which a student should know before leveling up. However, many people are under a misconception that the moment someone is in a medical school, they know in and out about medicines.
A first-year has just started, and to ask for medical recommendation from them can be dangerous, honestly. Go, see a doctor instead.
- It is difficult to Keep With All There is
As I noted earlier, the nature of the medical profession requires intensive studying and experience. Yes, this means that you will end up learning a lot, but this does not mean that you can never be adequately aware of what there is to be known.
Getting all the information is impossible, whether or not you are in medical school. What is possible is that you are thorough about the essentials and latest trends in the field. That will keep you floated.
- Medical School Is For The Rich
In many countries, medical schools are expensive—I admit that, but this is different from saying that all medical schools are expensive. You can find good and inexpensive medicals schools in many countries.
In India, for example, there is the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) which is an entrance exam for students who wish to take up medical courses in various government and private colleges. A good rank in the exam could land you in a good, inexpensive government college or secure scholarship in a private college.
So, it is an overstatement to say that all medical schools are expensive or that they are beyond the reach of those with humble backgrounds.
- You Will Be Rich
Doctors earn a lot. Yes, they do and they deserve too after having studied for so many years and invested so much into it. But, medical school is not a guarantee. Just because you made it to a medical school, you will not be immediately handed over a ticket to success and luxury.
You will have to study, pass exams, do late night duties and whatnot. Merely passing the grade would do no good if you haven’t learned anything. So, before you make assumptions about those in medical school, consider all these things I have just mentioned.
A good institute gives you a good head-start; it does not make an absolute guarantee of where you will be in the future unless you give it all to be where you want to be.
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