There are a lot of sacrifices one hv to make to study medicine.
first of all is the financial part.
study medicine in the UK could easily cost 1 million ringgit!
medical students can't enjoy uni life as much as others. Their term starts earlier & ends later than any other courses.
Their exams also finish much later than other courses.
thirdly, the stuff they study is a lot times more than other courses (in general).
One thing I get really annoyed about is when people comment on medical students exam.
Although we only have 2 papers for our exam and people say 'cheh...only 2 papers nia..easy la, where got like us, got 5 papers'
'do you know that eventhough it's only 2 papers, it also consists of 1 whole year of coursework???'
it's equally just as mentally exhausting than any other exams!
and although it's just MCQ & EMQ and not short answer questions for the integrated exam, you think it's easy ah?? they purposely give you choices which are confusing. For eg,
what is responsible for the bone formation? (previous past yr qn, got from seniors)
And mind u, all the osteo thingy exist so u hv to really read ur stuff properly, or else u will end up being confused by the different choices.
But of course, studying medicine is not that bad at all.
you get to understand ur body better. U will understand why certain disease happen on some & not on others. You also get respected when u tell people u r studying medicine & u will earn big bucks when u work etc.
But the greatest of all is that u get to save lives. Putting ur knowledge at good use to help people.
That's the greatest fuel to push me to persevere to finish this gruesome 5-year course.