3 Things They Don’t Teach You In Medical School
Medical School focuses on instilling medical knowledge within the curriculum, that is needed to transform a medical student into a competent physician. That’s great but there are other aspects to the physician life that are often left unaddressed, but are equally as important.
Here’s my take on three of them:
Non-clinical medicine is not for losers!
Medicine is a degree that you can do pretty much anything with. You’re not in any way restricted to the confines of a hospital. It’s okay if during your clinical years in medical school or after graduation, you realise that you don’t want to continue with the clinical aspects of medicine. Your knowledge and skills can also be useful in countless other fields which could also involve helping and making life easier for people. Hospitals need to be run, content for health information and promotion needs to be created, research needs to be done, medical apps need to be built, medical equipment manufacturers need your input, and medical innovations that have the potential to improve the overall health of people globally need to be implemented. So don’t get caught up doing anything you absolutely don’t enjoy; there’s so much out there you could be doing to advance the field of medicine.
No competition zone!
The medical career isn’t a race against your colleagues. You’re not in competition with the next doctor, it’s a personal race. Every individual should have goals and ambitions that don’t involve the next guy. There should be something you’re working towards that doesn’t involve brutalizing or tearing down your colleagues to get it. The medical career in itself is already stressful and somewhat brutal in some parts, be kind to one another. For instance, because your medical school classmate is already done with their residency training in the US, and you’re yet to start yours doesn’t mean you’re behind in life. It just means that person is done with residency, which in no way affects your existence on earth. As long as you’re actively working towards something that you desire, you’re good love.
Some knowledge of business and management, please
I believe that a well rounded physician should have some knowledge of management and business even if you’re not working towards private practise. Management comes into play in many aspects of hospital practise especially with resources and time management.
Phewww! Hope you’ve learned a tinny winny bit from this
Dr. Wendy Evans-Uhegbu is a graduate of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with experience in Connected Health, Medical Technology, Clinical Research, Medical Education, and Web Design. She is a member of the Medics Abroad team with the role of Chief Communications Officer. She also runs a Medical Communications and Publishing business, and is the author of the newly published children’s book “The Things Around Me”.