It is the duty of a doctor to prolong life. It is not his duty to prolong the act of dying.
Firstly, to you and everyone else who have been submitting questions, I am sorry for the late reply.
The circumstances surrounding my plans to pursue medicine are complicated. However, if I could go back and give myself advice in a different life, I would advise taking my time. One of my biggest regrets has always been coming into medicine young. I feel that I could have benefitted from a year or two of life experience: working, volunteering, exploring, travelling etc.
The secret to being a great candidate is not how much time you invested in research, how many doctors you shadowed, or how stellar your grades were. The secret to being a great candidate doctor is being a well-rounded, honest, dependable, and kind person. Where medical knowledge can always be taught in school, these qualities that ultimately define you as a candidate are developed through the experiences you have gained in your life.
Trust no one.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
For the students who have finished their academic years, congratulations to you. You are now half way to your MD title. Prepare to shift gears and enter a new medical state of mind as you move away from the theoretical to the practical. Here are some words of wisdom as you begin this challenging but rewarding year of medicine.
Good luck and take care.
First off, congratulations!
I just want to take the opportunity to welcome you to the world of medicine. I have a post sitting here that I wrote for incoming first year students. It might be helpful for you.
When I think back on the beginning of medical school, I think of it as the beginning to the rest of my life. And that is a scary prospect. It definitely is compounded when you have to move away and in a way, start from scratch.
But fear not.
Some people might have medical knowledge but that is a minority. You will meet a diverse number of people in your class from the sciences to the arts. Everyone will learn the medical knowledge together, from scratch. Together. Take some deep breaths and enjoy the process. Part of medical school is not just learning to discover and understand patient and lab findings, but also learning to discover and understand yourself. It is an emotional and intimately personal journey where, through your experiences, you will get to know yourself better than you thought you did.
Keep those thoughts in mind as you move forward and you should do fine. Take care and best of luck in your future studies.