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12 Apr 2003

Advice/opinion please.
Firstly I want to apoligize if this is the wrong place to ask this... :o) I'm currently in my last year of school. (I'm an 18 year old female) I don't have a question about a medical problem but I do want your advice. I'm planning on studying Medecine after school and I'm trying to get as much information/advice/opinions about this as I can so to prepare myself better. I've already sent in all my applications (and I'm going to spent a day with a docter in my next holiday.) Can you maybe give me some of the positive and Negative sides of the profession and also what I can expect at university. I also want to know what you think my chances of acceptance is (So far I have destinctions for all 6 of my subjects - which includes: Afrikaans, English, Biology, Maths, Science (Physics and Chemistry) and Geography) I will appreciate any advice/opinions you can give me, Thank you for your time!
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cyberdoc

01 Jan 0001

Hi student

I find medicine very rewarding. First of all, the human body is an amazing creature - so I find my job interesting, varied and challenging. There is something very rewarding to be part of a healing process. And then there's the scientific part - where you have to investigate a problem, measure up the evidence and make a conclusion (bit like a detective).

All jobs have negatives. Some doctors say that, in the case where they see the same pathology every day (flu, gastro), their day might become somewhat mundane. I suppose it depends on a doctor's practice, etc. And it can be quite tiring - seeing 30-40 patients a day, all requiring your empathy, leaves you could drained at the end of the day.

In summary, though: it's a great job - good luck with your studies (I'm sure you won't have problems being accepted at medical school).

Dr D
(CyberDoc stand-in)

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