What Makes a Medical Student
I am often asked the questions: What makes a medical student?. What are the qualities that define this class of future professionals? As an exercise for myself and hopefully as part of a more informative set of posts, I will try and break down the anatomy of the medical student, starting with demographics.
It was not so long ago that medicine was strictly a male profession. Now, the gender difference has closed to the point where it is relatively equal. Some years there are more males than females and vice versa.
Regardless of gender, medicine is a profession of life-long learning. A dedication and passion for the craft is practically hard-wired into the personality. While many of us may come to a decision early on in our lives, the lingering desire for medicine can often drive people to come back years later after receiving multiple degrees, pursuing different jobs, and starting a family. The latter is a definite concern for ladies in higher portions of the curve; for those who do go into medicine later on, they have all managed to find a balance in their priorities and in their lives.
(The data used to plot the above charts came from my faculty’s admission statistics. As a matter of privacy and with respect to my faculty’s social media guidelines, I have refrained from naming my university)