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14th-Jan-2009 07:27 pm
Question of the week:

If you had to go back to your first day of medical school, would you do it all over again?

The question is not whether you're happy you're where you are right now. The question is, would you go through all that work again to get to where you are right now?

You could keep all your knowledge of what med school is like in terms of the workload, but all your medical knowledge would be lost. So you'd be starting over from scratch in terms of learning.

If your answer is no, then what would be the earlier point you'd be willing to start over from?
15th-Jan-2009 03:45 am (UTC)
Hmm, the answer is yes, since I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into in the first place. I might have considered deferring a year though, since I had some health issues that I decided to just deal with during my 1st year, and I got off to a more wobbly start than I could have. I think if I did it all again, I would do things in a more efficient and focused way than I did.
15th-Jan-2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think I would.

I dunno how it works in other countries, but in mine, Portugal, we get straight out of highschool to 6 years of medical school. Highschool is pretty easy for *smart* and *working* people, so nothing really prepares us for medical school...

I know it's hard work, but even with all the stress, I found myself after some exams looking at everything around me and asking myself "How come am I in Medical School? How did I get here? I'm already past so many exams and hard stuff! It all seemed so hard, but now I've reached this point and... How??".

But yeah, I'd do it all over again :) especially the Clinical Years.
15th-Jan-2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
I would say yes, as well...
15th-Jan-2009 01:35 pm (UTC)

if i only had to repeat 3rd and 4th year, then maybe... but i wouldnt repeat all 4.

if i could get out now, i probably would. this sucks :D im tired!!
17th-Jan-2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think a lot of interns would probably say no.
15th-Jan-2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
not sure. there are some days that i really hate my life, but since I am sticking with psychiatry I know I will see a day where I don't have to be Q3 and going over the 80 hour work week. I also do not know what else I would be doing if I hadn't gone this route. PhD and/or teach, and I know I could technically to this with the MD too.

I guess if you asked me if I regretted it I would say "no"...but if I had to start over from scratch right now and do it again I would pass.

This might change tomorrow since you know im a flake.
17th-Jan-2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think there's a difference between not regretting something you already did and being willing to do the whole thing over. I think even just doing anatomy over again would be unbearably painful.
16th-Jan-2009 01:33 am (UTC)
I would not do it again... I've asked a lot of my resident friends and they wouldn't either, but practicing physicians say they would. So I think when I'm out, I might feel differently. I hope, anyway!
17th-Jan-2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
I've met a lot of practicing physicians who say they wouldn't....
15th-May-2009 04:10 am (UTC)
I waited 17 dam years to go to medical school, so hell yea I would do it over again. And if you think it sucked at 21, try doing it at 36 with 3 kids. This IS what I have wanted to do all my life... but the rest of living got in the way.
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