About my college education:
Taking up Medicine or becoming a doctor for me first and foremost is a calling. If you are called to become a doctor, no matter what happens, you will become one. It is such a hard course that will test its student to their limits physically, mentally and emotionally. The first three years are purely academic, you have to read a lot and memorize a lot. The last year was the baptism of fire wherein you have to endure one year of rotating duties on different departments in different hospitals. Here, doctors are tested and made. It brings out the best and worse qualities one has and those who endure will be awarded with the coveted MD insignia after their name.
Is it interesting: Let me put it this way, you get to study the best creation. human life! And yes, once you graduate (although studying never stops at graduation) , you become partaker or should I say instrument of God's healing. Isn't that interesting?
It is difficult. You have to read a lot, memorize a lot and sacrifice a lot of time with family and friends and even love ones. Just thinking of being able to help alleviate pain and disease of other people will already give joy to your heart. That alone makes it enjoyable. You handle life itself. Although Medicine is never an exact science, thinking that you hold the other person's health (or life) in your hand, makes you want do everything you can; there lies the challenge.
What skills are required to succeed as a student of this course:
It's always a false belief that one needs to be intelligent to become a doctor. Well, being intelligent is a plus, but I believe that the study of medicine is never a test of intelligence, but of character. It will test your core to the limits and if you are feeble or a person with no character, you will not survive. Skills are always honed I believe, but it will help a lot if you have the basic skills in writing and computer specially during the first 3 years. Analytical skill and interpersonal skills are so important in the last year (clerkship) since you'll start dealing with actual patient and with other people in the hospital. All skills though that you will show is a reflection of your character.
After graduation, Doctor of Medicine graduates have to undergo one year of Post Graduate Internship in a hospital to be able to take the Licensure examination after. So after passing the board exam, you have your license to practice Medicine or go further training to your field of specialization.
My current job:
I am currently reviewing for the Physician Licensure Examination provided by the school itself. The school has an in-house review for it's graduate to ensure that they do not only produce graduates, but professionals.
Am I using what I learned in college:
From time to time I go on duty in a hospital Emergency Room while reviewing for my Licensure exam. Everything I learned from the academic year up to the clinical year are useful in my practice. The academic year provided the basic, fundamental knowledge I need to be able to diagnose while the clinical years are useful in the application of my practice.
The training imparts in you compassion needed to take care of the sick. It enables you to practice due diligence in treating patients.
Do I recommend studying Doctor of Medicine:
As mentioned earlier, becoming a doctor is a calling. For those who feel they are called to become one, I am encouraging them because it is such a fulfilling job. You become an instrument to God's mercy and healing. Yes, the compensation is there, but at the end of the day, when you are able to help someone to become more healthy, that's the real compensation.
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