You might be wondering why I started with this. That’s because I think that entering into any new environment is the perfect opportunity to reset and realign yourself. The challenging nature of this course means that you must be adaptable to give yourself the most room to grow. If you are coming straight from high school, university is a completely different ball game – it is a huge social change to go from seniors in high school to freshers and you may lose touch with old friends, but you will find new friends.
Your high school study methods may no longer work at uni and, though you may have graduated at the top of your cohort, you will likely be surrounded by others who did the same. If you have switched into medicine, you will certainly experience very similar changes since medical school tends to be slightly cut off from other courses. These are all changes that should be celebrated and embraced – there is great value in maintaining relationships and you should be immensely proud of all the experiences that have led you to this point. Use that as a platform to pursue the wealth of new opportunities and friendships that medical school can offer you.
“Why medicine?” is certainly one of the most dreaded interview questions you can hear. However, this question becomes even more important now that you are studying to become a doctor. Finding a purpose in medicine may be harder than you think: it is so, so easy to get completely lost in the textbooks, theory, OSCEs, and OSPIAs that you can slowly lose sight of the love and passion that drove you into this course to begin with. We all want our doctors to be both skilled, proficient, and motivated. This all starts with finding a purpose and passion that you really believe in, and while these will be different to your peers, professors and parents, that’s ok – your purpose should be very personal. A wonderful way to find something you love and other like minded individuals is to join clubs. They all do amazing things, but how do you choose the ones that best suit you?