I am writing this blog because when I decided to go to medical school, I had no one to turn to for advice. I had to pry information out of everyone I talked to, and for some reason, no one would give me straight forward answers. Some knew and did not want to share their knowledge, and others, who were supposed to be experts, did not know the answers to my questions. It seems in regard to getting information about getting into medical school, everything is hush-hush. Regardless of this attitude, I spent more time than necessary to discover what I needed to do to get accepted into medical school.
I would like this to be a reference to those who need some help in getting into medical school and who do not know where to start.
For some unknown reason, there are self-appointed dream crushers out there. Dream crushers range from young to old and from influential to people you would not expect, like your next door neighbor. I had professors, neighbors, extended family, friends, strangers, and even doctors tell me that I could not get into medical school. I asked them why they thought that, and no one could give me a really good reason. They just said I couldn’t. If you were to look at my academic records, there was no plausible reason for anyone to say that. I was a good student, had good grades, did a lot of community service, and had a diverse academic background.
The fact of the matter is that you will meet a lot of resistance on your road to medical school, regardless of your circumstances. There will be times when you start to believe those who tell you, “You can’t do it.” This is a falsehood. I believe that if you work hard enough and want it enough, anyone can get into medical school, and I’m not talking about a medical school inIndiaor theCaribbean. I’m talking about aUSmedical school.
The neighbor I was referring to is a radiologist. He made over $350,000 a year, lived in a huge house, and drove very nice cars. I guess he was what everyone would think a doctor’s lifestyle should be.
After he learned that I wanted to have a career in medicine (he found out through other sources), he came over to my house to give me “advice.” He told me how awful medical school was, how much he hates medicine, and how much he wished he never went to medical school. I was surprised. I had never heard of someone who had spent a decade becoming trained and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on an education to tell me such negative things.
I learned why he hated his job. He said that he hated “being on call,” which means that twice a month he would have to go downstairs to his office (in his own house, mind you) in the middle of the night, look at some MRI’s, call the hospitals and tell them what he thinks it is, and go back to sleep. Lets face it, if this bothered him, he would hate any job. He eventually quit his high paying practice and now sells Monavi juice for a living. Yet, he will discourage anyone from going into medicine.
Do not listen to these people. Yes, you can do it, and you will prove these people wrong. It may take two times, but you will go.
I’m not saying everyone will tell you you’ll never make it — I’m saying you might face some opposition. If a professor is encouraging, stay close to him, and listen to his advice. You may want to even get a letter of recommendation from this person. Stay close to your family because they most likely will be your greatest support. Keep plugging away and you will eventually succeed.