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Medical School

Medical School
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
UWRT 1104
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Medical School is a professional school created to educate students medicine varying

from diseases to surgery based on the individuals interest. It is a tertiary education system

created to award professional degrees such as Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery,

Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. But many medical schools also award

degrees such as Doctor of Philosophy, Masters Degree, a physicians assistant program or other

post-secondary education (Ferguson, Eammon, 2002,). There is a variety of education that can be

gained from medical school but no matter what field an individual chooses to specialize in, the

basic courses required to take in first year is Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Embryology,

Genetics, Human Behavior, Immunology, Neuroscience and Physiology (osteopathic. Org,

2014). So, the expectations especially coming in are very high meaning the students are expected

to have a background knowledge of classes they are going to take in the first year but also shown

to high academic achievers, volunteers in their community and had at least 3 experiences of the

medical field by shadowing physicians. This is all to make sure if the students are completely

willing to go through with their goal of their respective career because getting in as well as

finishing medical school approximately takes 7 years and even longer depending on the specialty

of choice. They are also very expensive, cost median ranging from $278,455 in private schools

and $207,866 in public schools (Dobkin, P. L., & Hutchinson,2013).

To go through all of that and gaining nothing would simply be horrible that is why

medical professionals are one of the highest paid professions in the world. They also have the

complete control of saving a persons life. Medical profession is highly needed even in

developed countries, so it is safe to say there is a high demand for it. According to statistics

almost all medical professions have a 25% or more growth rate but unfortunately the demand is
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not being satisfied. According to a study most graduate school has an average of 20% to 40%

attrition rates whereas in medical school the attrition rate drops to 4% to 6% (Dobkin, P. L., &

Hutchinson,2013). So, the popular phrase P=MD if you pass you will become a doctor. Then

why is the demand so high for doctors in a highly developed nation such as America, because

getting into medical school itself is very thorough selection that most people fail to get in or

reject the notion of even trying.

After all of those efforts what to expect when you get into medical school. The common

misconception is the fact everything is going to be hands on and learning is practical. It is

extremely impractical for a physician to have no hands-on experience prior to his degree

however the first two years are mostly lectures hours on ends. With hypothetical scenarios such

as if Sid got out from a plane and had sudden pain in his knees then went into cardiac shock,

what happened? (,2014) But fortunately, there will also be allocated time for labs

but for the first two the labs will be most likely a transition from college labs which will be very

similar. There will also be allocated time for lab write ups but the most important thing is the

overwhelming amount of information that will be handed to you and knowing absolutely will

most certainly be out of the equation. There will be almost no time to acquire all of the

information needed but that is a sacrifice everyone has to make. The thoughts of how well to do

on the test will substitute with how to best survive this test. It is important to note the first year

will mostly be memorization of absolute science courses even though they will be in depth

courses that will be later on in junior year it is still the basics that counts the most. There are

strategies to get through and be successful through the 4 years. Having a successful study system

to key to surviving the ordeal and everyone has their own way of studying. It goes without

saying theres going to be long hours and lonely days. The amount stress will surpass anything
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from high school and college. There will be strain in close relationships because of the amount of

time needed to focus on work but in positive outlook it makes close bonds with people who are

facing the same problems and going through medical school as well. According to a survey about

80% of medical school students say the most human interactions they have are with their

colleagues and no social life whatso ever (Becker, Howard Saul,2008).

Since most of the students trying to succeed in medical school have already gone through

many struggles and accomplishments to prove their worth into entering the school itself. Many

feels stupid and fall into a depression when they lack behind or not fully understand a certain

topic. According to a study almost every medical student has faced trouble in one topic or

another and the majority of people who dropped out were facing sadness and depression in self-

doubt and under-appreciation (Becker, Howard Saul,2008). Due to the competitive nature of

their environment most people feel more stressed and pressured than most. It is said the major

battle in passing is not hard work or being smart but having the will power to get through and

accepting fact you will fail. As the Dean of Medicine for Ohio state stated accept you are no

more better than the person left of you and no less worse than the person right of you only then

will you accept where you stand.

As we were talking about sacrifices, the amount of sacrifice need to achieve your goal

needs to be immense. It is especially hard on people who are close to their loved ones because

medical school is considered to be the only loved one and takes most of the time and consumes

as much energy as possible. It is impossible to stay connected to friends and family, and the most

prevalent choice is to become more distant towards people who are close to you.

A major conflict and scandal surrounding the medical school even now is the selection process

into the school. Many authors have complained that majority of applicants that are accepted are
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white, female and students from private schools. The defensive argument against it is the fact,

there is 40,000 students approved from 100,000 students for just 5000 positions. The reason most

of the entries are similar is because of the selection system asks the students for certain level of

academic ability, insight into medicine (including work experience), extracurricular activities

and interests, personality, motivation, and linguistic and communication skills. But a

counterargument could be said all of the participant who have come so far have done the same

activities, and have insight into medicine but still they are rejected. Theres been an outcry for

changing the system for the past 17 years but theres also been systematic review since 2000 as


Captain Thomas has gone through medical school and residency. When asked the following

questions about his experiences, struggles in his personal life and academic he answered as

followed. When first asked about the importance of core biology, he answered swiftly but keenly

saying the basics are the most important part in any subject and not knowing and understanding

will let you fail the requirements without a doubt. He added the field of medicine itself is

unimaginable amount of information that no one can possible learn all of it. If you do not know

the basics it is a nightmare to go back and learning additional information to the current

curriculum. Then when asked about the biggest challenges he faced in medical school, he

answered the transition with college to medical school was one of the most challenging aspects

mostly he felt college did not prepare for medical school at all. Even though college was very

easy for him after all his extracurricular and volunteering activities. What personal problems did

you face throughout you time in medical school, he replied stating the stress was the number 1 as

I said the transition is nothing alike. The second part is missing out on his family and loved ones

because of how busy he was. He added certain discipline are needed to be successful in medical
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school. You are going to need to study everyday even at nights and keep revising information

you already know. Having a study partner can always come in handy, and thinking about getting

through medical school is a nightmare. It is best to socialize with as many people as possible

because even if you are competitors having a friend now will go a long way in the future. It is

important to pick up social skills and mindfulness since most of your interactions with the

patients are going to be intense and you need to put them in a comfortable side especially if you

work as an ER.

Having said that mindfulness is an important thing in the field of medicine. Doctor Katherine

Lawrence makes a very important point in the social grads perspective of a grad student. Even

though she has gone through the same training as every other medical professional, she chose to

have a one on one with her patients to have a better relationship with her patients. She explains

as her ambition is more in serving people than any other and she felt knowing her patients to the

point of first name basis was the best way she was comfortable enough to accept it. Hearing the

stories of her patients and their life struggles, in short being completely part of their life was the

most rewarding part of her job. But most medical professionals are not required to do this but the

old system of never getting attached to your patients and always having a distant relationship

with them are being criticized as well. Now there are mindfulness classes being offered in

medical school not everyone of them but namely the brown university. Ever since then more

universities are following the lead as an elective program for first and second year student as a

mandatory 8-week MBSR-style workshop, 90 minutes per week, offered free of charge. It is

incredible to see the new changes moving forward, and many authors argue due to the modern

times these are the first steps in tearing own the old system.
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