For any of you wanting to get in to the world of medicine, make sure you want it. If you’re fortunate to apply, work experience won’t be the only thing universities will be looking for.
As a suggestion, read some books and/or journals, watch the news, watch videos (Ted talks are fantastic). Some books that med schools love are those that not only look at the amazing world of medicine but also the ethical and sometimes terrible side.
Here are some of those books, all of which fantastically written.
Do No Harm – Henry Marsh
One for those of you who wish to go in to neurosurgery/surgery. Delves into the depths of some of the most difficult decisions a doctor can make.
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
A neurosurgeon with an english literature degree who was diagnosed with an inoperable lung cancer who passed away in 2015. His book accounts his journey after diagnosis through being a patient as well as a surgeon. Paul died during the writing of the book which is perfectly concluded by his wife, Lucy.
Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
Another practising surgeon who fearlessly reveals the struggles of the profession as well as looking at its limitations and failures as live draws to a close. Atul explores the difficulty doctors often experience in dealing with death, including the anxiety of families, false hope and treatments which shorten lives in a hope to save those patients, all while that families go along with it.
The Patient Will See You Now – Eric Topol
Eric Topol looks at the modern day advances in technology and how these affect the daily lives of doctors. How the advance of smartphones can give rise to a new personal medicine to allow people to get tests and diagnoses without having to wait for a GP appointment. He looks at the difficulties such as security and the longstanding medical establishment but also envisions a new, cheaper, more accessible health care system.
When looking to apply/applying for medicine it’s important to remember the ethics and dilemmas facing medicine on a daily basis. Open your mind and you’ll achieve great things!