Ask an Indian child what he or she would like to become after growing up, and the most common answer that you hear is “I want to be a doctor”. Ask Indian parents what they dream of their children to become and the answer would be the same.
However, as children start growing up, they start developing an interest in other careers and being a doctor just stays as one of their many ambitions. But there are a few who actually want to become one till they complete their schools and this fascination never goes away. Also, some of them want to pursue medicine seriously for fulfilling their parent’s or grandparent’s wishes and dreams.
Unfortunately, there are many myths regarding medical colleges and the medicine courses. And most of these would-be doctors take these myths to be facts, that discourages them from joining these colleges.
This article deals with some of the most common misconceptions about being in a medical college. We will also talk about the real stories behind them, so that you can take your decision carefully after measuring all the pros and cons.
Medical courses take forever.
Fact: Eleven years is not an eternity…is it? If you really want to be a doctor, then this is nothing as compared to what you will get after the completion of your course. It is just 11 years of your life and you do not waste those 11 years, you get to learn how to save a life.
The bachelor’s degree takes 4 years to complete and after that you need to be in a medical school for 4 years plus 3 years for being in a residency to gain the much needed experience.
It is not easy though, as you need to spend your adolescence studying without a single year of break. You get into a college when you are a teenager and leave the college when you are about 30, when all of your friends have already worked for 8-10 years.
You need to major in hard core science subjects in order to apply for medical colleges.
Fact: This varies from country to country, though there is a standard that all countries follow by default.
In India, you need to have Physics, Chemistry and Biology as your 10+2 subjects.
In countries like America, you need to have one year of biology, physics and English along with two years of chemistry plus a year of calculus which is optional. Apart from this, you can study any subject of your interest.
You need to be brilliant in studies and secure an “A” in all your undergraduate exams to qualify.
Fact: While having good grades always help, it is not that B students cannot qualify for the pre-medical examinations. You need to have minimum marks (i.e., average marks) to qualify for these exams. You need to qualify in these examinations to get admission in the medical schools.
A common medical entrance examination is conducted and you need to qualify in this exam to pursue medicine.
Medicine is only for the rich kids.
Fact: This is completely baseless. If you qualify in the common examination, most of your fees would be paid by the government in countries like India.
If you cannot qualify for the examination, then you can join the private colleges and that would cost you a fortune. Many students go to countries like China and Russia to study medicine, as in these countries, the cost involved is less.
These are some of the common myths. There is no short cut to success and you need to study hard no matter what career you choose.