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Should I become a doctor?

I always liked the idea when I was at school.
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No. You're not smart enough.
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>>16770076

Actually I am. I have a 2:1 degree from a very good university, I have AAA at A-Level, and all A / A* at GCSE.

The degree is not in science, but it is enough to get me on a conversion course for Medicine.
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want a queStion that may help anSWeR youRS?
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>>16770110
Er... yes?

And why have you capitalised S, S, W, R, R and S? SSWRRS doesn't mean anything.
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On to the queStionS
A patient WalkeS in complainig of abdominal painS What do you aSk?
alSo they mean nothing
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>>16770125
Well I haven't had any medical training in my life so far so I'll just have to take a guess.

Ask them how long they have been experiencing the pain, and what the nature of the pain is - sharp and in one area, or a general dull pain of the gut.

If it was a gut pain I would probably ask them how they've been eating. If it's a sharp locatable pain then I'll ask them if they've done any physical activity that would have affected that area recently.

But anyway, how does this answer the question of whether I should become a doctor?
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>should I?
Able to tolerate maximum bureaucracy y/n.

Do you want money? Become a contractor.
Do you want respect? Run your own business.
Do you want comfort? Become a non-sp.ed schoolteacher.

Doctor is a shit tier profession these days. Someone who becomes a doctor today will make less average lifetime money than someone who becomes an auto mechanic. You will be sticking your hand up fat people's jellyrolls all day and all night to earn a paycheck which doesn't cover your student loans. What's that you say, you'll work through school? You WILL work, but med students work for free. Then you get to pay off your student loans once you're done.
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>>16770148
>"Someone who becomes a doctor today will make less average lifetime money than someone who becomes an auto mechanic."
Citation needed.

If I were OP I'd be more concerned about the high rates of alcoholism, depression and suicide.
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ThiS only anSWeRS if you have the aptitude to aSk queStionS and think of pRobabel cauSeS .
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>>16770154
>tripfag
nope
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The patiant adits to a bad fall on hiS bike a feW dayS befoRe and SayS hiS abdomine iS alSo SWolline!
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>>16770148
>Able to tolerate maximum bureaucracy y/n.
If the job was worth it then yes.
>Do you want money? Become a contractor.
Contractor in what? Something boring as fuck? If you become a specialist like a cardiologist or oncologist then you basically become a contractor - contracted out to do different jobs.
>Do you want respect? Run your own business.
But in what? I'm asking what FIELD I should go into, not what I should do once in that field. A doctor can set up their own surgery. My best mate's mum had her own surgery for most of her career.
>Do you want comfort? Become a non-sp.ed schoolteacher.
No I don't want fucking comfort, do you think long-ass shifts, being on-call throughout the night, and constantly wracking yourself with stress about killing your patients or being sued is comfortable? The fuck is wrong with you?
>Doctor is a shit tier profession these days. Someone who becomes a doctor today will make less average lifetime money than someone who becomes an auto mechanic. You will be sticking your hand up fat people's jellyrolls all day and all night to earn a paycheck which doesn't cover your student loans. What's that you say, you'll work through school? You WILL work, but med students work for free. Then you get to pay off your student loans once you're done.
NIGGA I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT MONEY
Money's important, sure, and doctors are MORE than well enough compensated. It's about how rewarding the fucking job is though. I don't want to become some fucking middle manager twat in an office. Sounds dull as fuck.
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>>16770160
Nigga I think you're high because I don't have a fucking clue what your posts are trying to get at.
>>16770171
I'd tell him to ride his fucking bike better
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>>16770071

I have been working in healthcare for ten years and every doctor I know who contracts with a hospital is miserable. Being on call 24/7 is usually the reason; ~$140k isn't worth not having a life imo.
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>>16770178
You SiR/mam would make a fine police officeR Spotting a StonneR like that the uSe of the n WoRd, but a teRRible docteR foR loSing youR cool like that.
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MoSt patientS aRe eitheR dRunk oR Some kind of high.
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>>16770135
Wrong

It's lupus
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I'm a 4th year Amerifag medical student
'Should I become a doctor' is not a question you should ask yourself. If you have to ask, then it isn't for you. This shit has got to be your passion, it doesn't matter how smart you think you are. The pay is pretty good, but it's certainly not worth it, which is why a ton of people go into medicine and end up being miserable. Patients don't deserve miserable doctors
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>>16770186
Okay, well then I would try and get into a position that doesn't require being on call 24/7. As far as I'm aware, most doctors are only on call through the night once a week? Rather than every night? I'm pretty sure that doesn't happen, at least here in the UK.
>>16770210
What the fuck is wrong with you
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>>16770255
I only addressed the smartness question because it was asked.

I would say I definitely have an interest in the idea of medicine. When I was 16 I thought about it a lot - we did a careers test at school and medicine came out as my best match career (I was very good at sciences at that point and as I say, was thinking consciously about medicine)

I would need to go have some real world experience of medicine like shadowing a doctor before making a commitment, I'm sure (not just for making my mind up, but also because I will need it for any application to med school).

So you would say it's your passion? I suppose you probably would if you are committed to it. I am just deciding whether I should commit to it. Neither of my parents are doctors so it's not exactly an obvious career for me I guess, but it's something that always came up as an idea when I was at school.
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>>16770275
I think shadowing several specialities is a good idea. there are definitely specialties out there with better lifestyles, like dermatology, opthomolgy, psychiatry.
I would say it is my passion, but I have many passions. If you do some shadowing and you really like it, I would say go for it.
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>>16770256

In the US you're on call when you have a patient, which is pretty much at all times or else you wouldn't be contracted.

They may have a night off once every ten days or so. Mind you this doesn't mean that you actually get called every night, but it does mean that you're getting fired and possibly losing your license if you leave the local area and you get a call.
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>>16770295
You obviously have no fucking clue what you are talking about. Why pretend to know something that you clearly do not? You are just wasting your time and everyone else's
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>>16770306

K, have fun listening to the kid who hasn't even done clinicals and is probably still just an undergrad.

The number of people pretending to be med students here has gone up by a lot. Is there some new doctor tv show on or something?
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>>16770288
Fair enough, thanks man. What made you convinced you wanted to do medicine? Did you shadow?
>>16770295
Wow. Shit. As I say I don't think it works like that in the UK from what I've seen and read, but I could be wrong. I think in UK hospitals you will just have whichever doctor is on that ward on that shift attending a particular patient.
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>>16770308
I think its all the washouts trying to stay relevant
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>>16770308
I'm in my last year of med school asshole.
Residents have work hour restrictions. And every in hospital service has a night float team.
Keep talking shit, bitch.
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>>16770321
Why are civilian medfags so obtuse?
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>>16770310
I was a combat medic in the army. Really fell in love with it then. It would be a hard choice without having exposure to it. Of course, you could do something else like physical therapy, which is super rewarding and doesn't take as much time
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>>16770321

Nobody is talking about residents, sperg...

Nurses float. If you think that a physician float pool has more than one other person, one who knows they are the floater and has no obligation to answer their phone while they're in Vegas, then you have been watching too much House MD.

Students who think they know how the professional world works are the worst.
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>>16770328
I think Chicago MD is the big series now
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>>16770328
Yeah, what do I know. I'm sure you're way more knowledgable about my profession
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>>16770310

>I think in UK hospitals you will just have whichever doctor is on that ward on that shift attending a particular patient.

I should preface my statements by saying that all my experience is CCU. I don't know how the lesser units work, but it is totally possible that they are less serious bidness.
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>>16770327

Well that makes sense. Leave it to a milfag to speak with confidence about things they are completely ignorant of.
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>>16770310
Alright man, good luck. I'm abandoning your thread because the neckbeard trolls are taking over
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>>16770327
>It would be a hard choice without having exposure to it.
Thought so, but it's good to hear it come from somebody actually in that field. You must be right. I mean, a lot of my friends from school (who i got grades just as good as, and who like me were also interested in science) have gone into medicine, but then again most (maybe all, I don't know in some cases) of their parents were doctors.
So yeah, I guess I should either go get the experience or not and then stop worrying about it.
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>>16770341

I guess when you get outed as being full of shit all you can do is take off, pretending like it didn't just happen.
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>>16770255
>amerifag
>doctor

pick one

also;

>doctor
>posts on 4chan

pick one
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>>16770071
From doctors. What I hear universally is you don't do it for the money. You do it, because you love the profession. If your desire is for money, then shadow some doctors, learn about the profession. The average work week is 80+ from what I understand.

Not trying to discourage you, but it comes off as a you saw the salary and want in type thing, that's fine, but learn about the profession, there are much easier ways to make money, if that's all you want.
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>>16770821
>"If you have to ask, then it isn't for you"
I'm a med student from Australia and I agree with the 4th year Amerifag. Not trying to sound harsh or anything but honestly, it's for people who cannot see themselves working in any other career.
This is just my opinion though. Good luck if you plan to go ahead with it!
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