Preparing for a Career in Medicine
Have you always known from a young age that you want to become a Doctor/Physician?
Is caring for people and helping save lives a passion that fills your heart and mind?
Have you decided that medicine is the field of study for you after examining yourself and what you’re good at?
Well, no matter what the reason you have to be a Doctor, preparing ahead to become one is essential and requires detailed groundwork, a strong willed mindset and a desire for health care.
What do Medical Schools look for?
Academic Requirements for MBBS Admission
Medical schools look for applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree and received the same from an accredited College or University.
The subjects following subjects are necessary for candidates to be accepted into a medical school are:
- Chemistry with associated lab
- Organic Chemistry with associated lab
- Biology with associated lab
- Physics with associated lab
- Calculus or other advanced Math, including Statistics
Learning Psychology can help give applicants added advantage while joining the Medical School of choice.
MCAT Requirements for MD Admission
MCAT or Medical College Admission Test is a standardized, multiple-choice exam administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). This test is a prerequisite for admission into most Medical Schools.
There are four MCAT sections (this is for the year 2016-2017), namely:
1. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
2. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (MCAT CARS)
3. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
4. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
There are some Universities abroad like Alexander American University in Guyana, South America which requires the MCAT to be taken but admission into this college is not affected by the Test results.
Do Your Homework
Medicine is not for an ideal vocation for everyone. Choosing to pursue a career in the medical field requires a lifelong pledge to serve, a constant need to learn and to be up-to-date, a dedication to the job and a resilient mind to get you through difficult times. It is important that you do your homework before jumping into taking up a course in the Medical field.
Explore a Physician’s Life
Take the time to explore what life as a physician comprises. Meet with physicians informally, and talk them about their professions. Some questions you might ask include:
1. What motivated you to become a Doctor?
2. What does your daily schedule look like?
3. How do you manage your time?
4. How is your family and social affected by being a Doctor?
5. What are the things you like about your job?
6. What are the things you dislike about your job?
7. If given a choice, would you do the same all over again?
Read reviews and articles on what a Physician’s world is like
Today the internet gives us a multitude of options and opens up the world to us with just the click of a button. Use this as a leverage to decide on what you want to do with your life. Research about Doctors, about their life, reviews about the Medical Field, etc. Read and find out more for yourself. Comprehend the education and training requirements that are essential in order to pursue a course of becoming a Doctor. Take time to gather as much information as possible about what the Medical Field has to offer.
Volunteer at a local hospital or a clinic
Nothing is more beneficial than working in the same environment that you want to progress in. This hands-on experience will show you exactly if being a Doctor is the right vocation.