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#1 YAHUU

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:05 AM

I really wanna go to medicine school; but a lot of questions in my mind bother me. I have "what ifs" etc. I want to be a doctor. Pero medyo kulang pa ako ng tiwala sa sarili ko. Minsan minamaliit ko yung sarili ko, na "ay, hindi ko siguro makakaya yung ganito, ganyan, etc," and i hate that mentality. Medicine ang goal ko, pero marami akong tanong sa isipan. I need advice or guidance from you pinoy.md community, especially to our respected physicians and interns. My concerns are:

1. bakit po sinasabing mahirap ang medicine? ano po yung nagpapahirap sa degree?

2. gaano po kahirap ang residency?

3. sa kabila ng lahat ng paghihirap, ano po ang mga positive side o euphoric side ng med school at ng residency?

4. i love research concepts (pero nahihirapan ako on doing the actual research project); ilang research po ba ang required na gagawin sa med skul, residency/specialization, etc.? medyo weakness ko kasi ang paggawa ng research.

5. in med skul po, magha-handle po ba ng deliveries at surgeries ang med students? Or sa residency na sa ob-gyn and surgery ang mga activities na ito? coz i was traumatized at the delivery room and operating room when i was still a nursing student. wala kasi sa lugar magalit ang instructor ko. I'm still on the healing process ngayon. But if i would be accepted sa med skul next year, i'm willing to be strong sa mga reprimands para di na ako ma-trauma ulit. But i can still work well sa ob-gyn ward and surgery ward.

6. in residency, totoo bang sa hopsital na titira? Or you can choose your own apartment/condo unit?

I'm sorry po kung ganito ang mga tanong ko. I'm very curious and confuse right now. I want medicine, but maraming tanong sa isipan ko. Kailangan ko po ang tulong n'yo. Malaking bagay po para sa akin ang inyong mga sagot.

Thank you so much...

#2 anne_md

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:49 AM

Hi YAHUU! i'm still a moonlighting GP now pero sa experience ko, kelangan 100% decided ka sa pagmemedicine. Di kelangang sobrang talino ka, pero kelangan marunong magpakababa at makisama..for me pinakanahirapan ako sa 1st & 4th years of medicine..1st year dahil sa biglang dami ng inaaral compared nun college..Nun college kasi paabsent absent at yun tipong pag may exam lang mag aaral..in short di ako kasipagang estudyante hehe..pag dating ng med, parang kulang lagi yun 24 hours para mapagkasya lahat ng reading assignments.kasi siguro average student lang ako, di naman bobo pero di din genius..andun yun kanda LBM at vomiting pag may exam at kung anu ano pa.may nagsabi pa sakin na parang make it or break it ang 1st year, kaya sabi ko pag may binagsak akong kahit isang subject ay quit na talaga.halos isumpa ko nun ang biochemistry! fortunately i made it thru 1 st year..2nd & 3rd years medyo okay na kasi naka adjust na sa aral..4th year biglang boom ayun na naman, yun matawag kang bobo, mapagalitan etc..pero its all part of the experience..syempre pag nagkamali ka, may consequence like mga demerits..nun una umiiyak talaga ko, pero eventually natutong pasok sa isang tenga, labas sa kabila, admit your mistake, apologize, and be sure to learn from your mistake.madaming first time, 1st time mag IV, catheter, lumbar tap, NSD etc etc..and most of all enduring the 34-36 very very long hours of duty..at ang mga lunch at dinner na nakalipas na pala ng di mo man lang namalayan or natikman..ang bday mo, bday ng parents mo, christmas, new year at iba pang holidays na wala ka sa family picture..ang mga TV shows at movies na never heard sayo kasi nakaduty ka..at pag from duty ka syempre knock out na sa antok..ang pre duty status na parang napakabilis lumipas ng oras kasi mamyang onti eh duty ka na pala uli..pero promise masaya sya na experience..masarap yun feeling na yun charity patient mo na tinodo bonding mo eh discharge na kasi magaling na, tapos pag balik eh may thank you gift sayo..ang pinakauna kong nareceive was a sarong from a patient, halos maiyak ako nun kasi i felt appreciated (drama Posted Image ).basta kahit gaanong kahirap eh napaka rewarding ng experience..lalo na kapag ikaw na talaga ang hands on na nagmamanage sa patient..of course napakadaming negative sa pagmemedicine, pero if desidido ka at gusto mo talaga ang isang bagay, you'll learn to love even the negative aspects of it and maybe somehow even turn them into positive aspects..Hope nakatulong kahit pano..Posted Image

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:05 AM

read this.

http://blogs.law.har...ly-biased-rant/

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:31 AM

wow doc anne! that was very inspiring. i'm really having a hard time deciding to pursue my application pero dahil sa story ninyo, na inspire ako. maraming salamat po!

#5 YAHUU

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:55 AM

Hi YAHUU! i'm still a moonlighting GP now pero sa experience ko, kelangan 100% decided ka sa pagmemedicine. Di kelangang sobrang talino ka, pero kelangan marunong magpakababa at makisama..for me pinakanahirapan ako sa 1st & 4th years of medicine..1st year dahil sa biglang dami ng inaaral compared nun college..Nun college kasi paabsent absent at yun tipong pag may exam lang mag aaral..in short di ako kasipagang estudyante hehe..pag dating ng med, parang kulang lagi yun 24 hours para mapagkasya lahat ng reading assignments.kasi siguro average student lang ako, di naman bobo pero di din genius..andun yun kanda LBM at vomiting pag may exam at kung anu ano pa.may nagsabi pa sakin na parang make it or break it ang 1st year, kaya sabi ko pag may binagsak akong kahit isang subject ay quit na talaga.halos isumpa ko nun ang biochemistry! fortunately i made it thru 1 st year..2nd & 3rd years medyo okay na kasi naka adjust na sa aral..4th year biglang boom ayun na naman, yun matawag kang bobo, mapagalitan etc..pero its all part of the experience..syempre pag nagkamali ka, may consequence like mga demerits..nun una umiiyak talaga ko, pero eventually natutong pasok sa isang tenga, labas sa kabila, admit your mistake, apologize, and be sure to learn from your mistake.madaming first time, 1st time mag IV, catheter, lumbar tap, NSD etc etc..and most of all enduring the 34-36 very very long hours of duty..at ang mga lunch at dinner na nakalipas na pala ng di mo man lang namalayan or natikman..ang bday mo, bday ng parents mo, christmas, new year at iba pang holidays na wala ka sa family picture..ang mga TV shows at movies na never heard sayo kasi nakaduty ka..at pag from duty ka syempre knock out na sa antok..ang pre duty status na parang napakabilis lumipas ng oras kasi mamyang onti eh duty ka na pala uli..pero promise masaya sya na experience..masarap yun feeling na yun charity patient mo na tinodo bonding mo eh discharge na kasi magaling na, tapos pag balik eh may thank you gift sayo..ang pinakauna kong nareceive was a sarong from a patient, halos maiyak ako nun kasi i felt appreciated (drama Posted Image ).basta kahit gaanong kahirap eh napaka rewarding ng experience..lalo na kapag ikaw na talaga ang hands on na nagmamanage sa patient..of course napakadaming negative sa pagmemedicine, pero if desidido ka at gusto mo talaga ang isang bagay, you'll learn to love even the negative aspects of it and maybe somehow even turn them into positive aspects..Hope nakatulong kahit pano..Posted Image

thank you so much doc anne_md. yes, nakatulong po talaga kayo. ingatz po..

#6 YAHUU

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:03 PM

read this.

http://blogs.law.har...ly-biased-rant/

thank you for the shared link doc bembmd..

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:01 PM

I can answer the mahirap part:

College is a walk in the park compared to medicine. UP graduate ako with CS standing in some semesters. Hindi man ako umabot sa laude, I have decent grades, with a 2.02 GWA. Tamad ako nung college, na I just study for exams the night before lang and still get decent grades. Sa med school, 3 weeks ka nang naghahanda para sa exams na ang coverage ay yung past 4-5 weeks lang, hindi ka parin sure kung maipapasa mo.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:29 PM

Sa med school, 3 weeks ka nang naghahanda para sa exams na ang coverage ay yung past 4-5 weeks lang, hindi ka parin sure kung maipapasa mo.


Is this a plain truth about med school life or just an overrated preconception of it?Posted Image Kasi marami nang nagsasabi sa ibang threads ng ganito pero bakit pag nakakakita ako ng mga med students, for example sa MCDO, they don't seem that burned out from the stresses of med school? I just want to obtain a bird's eye view of what it really looks like when in med school.Posted Image

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:21 PM

hindi naman maxadong mahirap pag premed mo is Nursing and MedTech.....much more nagwork ka muna then nag study med.....

pagnurse ka na kasi then medtech pa..di na maxado inaaral ang basics,,more in advance studies na lang..sa clinical area naman....di rin pag RN ka na

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:09 AM

Is this a plain truth about med school life or just an overrated preconception of it?Posted Image Kasi marami nang nagsasabi sa ibang threads ng ganito pero bakit pag nakakakita ako ng mga med students, for example sa MCDO, they don't seem that burned out from the stresses of med school? I just want to obtain a bird's eye view of what it really looks like when in med school.Posted Image


of course iba ang makikita mo outside school. esp in public places like McDo, may halong pasikat na rin yan (you might hear people say "ay mga nag-aaral sa mcdo, siguro mga med student yan, grabe...and a lot of good adjectives).

Medicine is never overrated, unlike some pre-med courses I know. That is the reason why some med students (take note, "students") have an arrogant aura kasi there's this sense of "entitlement" mentality, the "mahirap-inaaral-namin-so-we-deserve-to-be-mayabang" attitude (kinda like some white-uniformed students walking in malls).

Mahirap naman talaga ang inaaral sa med school. How? Enumerating it here is not enough, just go to med school and you'll know why.

The best (or worst) part?

Once you step foot in the first day of your class as a med school student, you have enrolled in the practice and study of Medicine for the rest of your life.

Edited by bembmd, 28 April 2012 - 01:10 AM.


#11 Kris05

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:18 PM

Sa med school, 3 weeks ka nang naghahanda para sa exams na ang coverage ay yung past 4-5 weeks lang, hindi ka parin sure kung maipapasa mo.


Is this a plain truth about med school life or just an overrated preconception of it?Posted Image Kasi marami nang nagsasabi sa ibang threads ng ganito pero bakit pag nakakakita ako ng mga med students, for example sa MCDO, they don't seem that burned out from the stresses of med school? I just want to obtain a bird's eye view of what it really looks like when in med school.Posted Image


Plain unadulterated truth. Been doing it for the past 2 years na. :P Iba pag nasa labas ng campus kasi. Parang ang nangyayari, its like shout of "FREEDOM"! Just an hour of nothing related at all to medicine, like during lunch break sa McDo, does wonders for the stress. Nagdo-DoTA pa nga kami sa classroom pag lunch break via laptops para lang maiba ang isip. Try mo pumunta sa isang coffee shop near a med school after dinner hours, around 9pm onwards, and you'll see it filled with med students with books, laptops, notes etc studying. When you get back the next day early morning, chances are you'll see the med student there before you were, kahit nauna ka natulog. Chances are din na kung 24hr yung shop, hindi pa siya umuuwi. I witness this everyday.

Thing is, pag break time, break time. You'll have too little of it na to not enjoy it and let go of all the stress. If you don't let go and stress about it all the time, ikaw lang masisiraan ng bait (exaggeration).

Med school is not exaggerated. In fact, in some ways, its difficulty is underrated. Akala mo lang ang dami mong babasahin lang, ganun lang yun. They don't tell of the physical and emotional drain it does to you.

Lets put it this way, Biochemistry Finals, ang ginagamit namin na reviewer is yung board reviewer ng biochemistry, kasi same lang coverage. To think that BS Biochemistry takes four years to cover all those topics. Granted na parang crash course ang dating samin, pero facts are facts: ANG DAMI NIYA. At isang subject palang yun. Hindi siya madali.

When I went to a review center dati for NMAT. One thing the owner talked to us before the review started and offered refunds (10k kasi, malaki din). Kinuwento niya lahat ng hirap at pasakit na dadaanan mo before med school. The fact also that returns are much less than the investment. Hindi lang oras, pagod at emotion mo ang kukunin ng medicine. It will also take the best years of your life. While your HS and college friends are off earning their first million, buying their first cars, partying every friday, ikaw ay subsob sa isa, dalawa, o tatlong libro trying to cram every bit of information into your brain. Bawat caption sa picture importante, pwede itanong. Bawat word dapat naintindihan mo. Kaya nga sinasabi nila na madaming nagsasabi na gusto nila magduktor, pero madami din sumusuko.


And I'm barely scratching the surface. Hindi mo maiintindihan hangga't hindi mo ginagawa. The same with how hindi mo naiintindihan gaano kahirap mag karpentero hangga't di mo nararanasan. Alam mo lang mahirap, pero hindi pala ganun lang.

Thing is though with med school, kahit mahirap siya, if its your calling, kahit wala kang tulog, kahit anung hirap yung ginagawa mo, nageenjoy ka sa ginagawa mo. Kaya minsan, you won't see it in the faces of the med students na super stressed na sila. Pag sila ang kausapin mo, ang dami nilang reklamo, pero hindi sila tumitigil. Kahit anung hirap, kasi, gusto nila ang ginagawa nila. Ganun lang yun. Hindi mo maiintindihan talaga as long as you are outside looking in.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:33 AM

Thank you so much sa mga replies ninyo.. I appreciate them. Papaano nyo hina-handle yung anger or insulto ng mga teachers/professors? The problem with me is that hindi ako natututo kapag pinagagalitan ako, especially kung skill or procedure ang inaaral. Maybe dahil sa immaturity ko when it comes to my emotions. Wala namang school o hospital na may rule na "don't be angry." Kalokohan 'yun. So, papaano n'yo hina-handle? Thank you.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:47 AM

Thank you so much sa mga replies ninyo.. I appreciate them. Papaano nyo hina-handle yung anger or insulto ng mga teachers/professors? The problem with me is that hindi ako natututo kapag pinagagalitan ako, especially kung skill or procedure ang inaaral. Maybe dahil sa immaturity ko when it comes to my emotions. Wala namang school o hospital na may rule na "don't be angry." Kalokohan 'yun. So, papaano n'yo hina-handle? Thank you.


treat it as an advice, as a learning experience, motivation, pasok sa isang tenga labas sa kabila, nakakainis talaga pero un ang reyalidad, nd talaga maiiwasan yan lalo na sa ospital

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 09:35 PM

So far, wala pa naman akong naexperience na insultuhan or prof na nagalit in terms na hindi na maganda. Pero isipin mo nalang superior mo sila. Don't talk back, answer when asked and like that nalang. Treat it as a learning experience. Hindi naman siguro sila magagalit ng walang dahilan.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:30 AM

hi guys i've read that most med schools req. blood testing, what if hepa b positive? would they refuse admission?

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:14 AM

I am an incoming sophomore (so yung mahirap part, well a portion of it lang, ang may karapatan akong sagutin), and I always get this question from my friends outside of Med School, "Mahirap ba ang Med?" I always answer them with a YES! Yes, mahirap sya because of the workload, physical, mental and emotional stress, but the moment na malaman mong unti-unti kang lumalapit sa dream mo of becoming a Medical Doctor, it's worth it! :)

#17 YAHUU

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 05:46 PM

thank you so much to all. inspiring po ang mga sagot ninyo..

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 05:41 AM

wow, totoo lahat ng sinabi ng mga colleagues nating doctor dito.. mahirap.. kakapagod.. kakafrustrate.. kakabaliw.. hehehe but then, at the end of the day, you got to do what you love most.. practice medicine..

erase in your mind the thought na mahihirapan ka, kundi.. focus on the motto: "kakayanin ko 'to" hard-earned ang medicine. basta wag ka mawawala sa focus and of course, sabi nga ni mayor recom echiverri : "pray hard, it works"

pero iprepare mo din yung kalooban mo na meron kang mga bagay na dapat isakripisyo kung gusto mo talaga. may panahon kasi na xmas eve, wala ka sa bahay. naiiyak ka sa sama ng loob pag may lakad ang pamilya na hindi ka makakasama. may moment na medyo gugulo ang lovelife mo lalo na pag non-showbiz (not med) ang bf/gf..

pag nasa med ka na.. learn to prioritze, learn to compromise and most of all treat the craft with love and respect because.. babalik din lahat ng pinaghirapan mo..

have fun sa buhay ng medisina...Posted Image

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 02:56 AM

wow, totoo lahat ng sinabi ng mga colleagues nating doctor dito.. mahirap.. kakapagod.. kakafrustrate.. kakabaliw.. hehehe but then, at the end of the day, you got to do what you love most.. practice medicine..

erase in your mind the thought na mahihirapan ka, kundi.. focus on the motto: "kakayanin ko 'to" hard-earned ang medicine. basta wag ka mawawala sa focus and of course, sabi nga ni mayor recom echiverri : "pray hard, it works"

pero iprepare mo din yung kalooban mo na meron kang mga bagay na dapat isakripisyo kung gusto mo talaga. may panahon kasi na xmas eve, wala ka sa bahay. naiiyak ka sa sama ng loob pag may lakad ang pamilya na hindi ka makakasama. may moment na medyo gugulo ang lovelife mo lalo na pag non-showbiz (not med) ang bf/gf..

pag nasa med ka na.. learn to prioritze, learn to compromise and most of all treat the craft with love and respect because.. babalik din lahat ng pinaghirapan mo..

have fun sa buhay ng medisina...Posted Image


Hi YAHUU! i'm still a moonlighting GP now pero sa experience ko, kelangan 100% decided ka sa pagmemedicine. Di kelangang sobrang talino ka, pero kelangan marunong magpakababa at makisama..for me pinakanahirapan ako sa 1st & 4th years of medicine..1st year dahil sa biglang dami ng inaaral compared nun college..Nun college kasi paabsent absent at yun tipong pag may exam lang mag aaral..in short di ako kasipagang estudyante hehe..pag dating ng med, parang kulang lagi yun 24 hours para mapagkasya lahat ng reading assignments.kasi siguro average student lang ako, di naman bobo pero di din genius..andun yun kanda LBM at vomiting pag may exam at kung anu ano pa.may nagsabi pa sakin na parang make it or break it ang 1st year, kaya sabi ko pag may binagsak akong kahit isang subject ay quit na talaga.halos isumpa ko nun ang biochemistry! fortunately i made it thru 1 st year..2nd & 3rd years medyo okay na kasi naka adjust na sa aral..4th year biglang boom ayun na naman, yun matawag kang bobo, mapagalitan etc..pero its all part of the experience..syempre pag nagkamali ka, may consequence like mga demerits..nun una umiiyak talaga ko, pero eventually natutong pasok sa isang tenga, labas sa kabila, admit your mistake, apologize, and be sure to learn from your mistake.madaming first time, 1st time mag IV, catheter, lumbar tap, NSD etc etc..and most of all enduring the 34-36 very very long hours of duty..at ang mga lunch at dinner na nakalipas na pala ng di mo man lang namalayan or natikman..ang bday mo, bday ng parents mo, christmas, new year at iba pang holidays na wala ka sa family picture..ang mga TV shows at movies na never heard sayo kasi nakaduty ka..at pag from duty ka syempre knock out na sa antok..ang pre duty status na parang napakabilis lumipas ng oras kasi mamyang onti eh duty ka na pala uli..pero promise masaya sya na experience..masarap yun feeling na yun charity patient mo na tinodo bonding mo eh discharge na kasi magaling na, tapos pag balik eh may thank you gift sayo..ang pinakauna kong nareceive was a sarong from a patient, halos maiyak ako nun kasi i felt appreciated (drama Posted Image ).basta kahit gaanong kahirap eh napaka rewarding ng experience..lalo na kapag ikaw na talaga ang hands on na nagmamanage sa patient..of course napakadaming negative sa pagmemedicine, pero if desidido ka at gusto mo talaga ang isang bagay, you'll learn to love even the negative aspects of it and maybe somehow even turn them into positive aspects..Hope nakatulong kahit pano..Posted Image

thank you so much doc anne_md. yes, nakatulong po talaga kayo. ingatz po..

halo..im new here..hindi ko alam panu magreply sa mga post...magcomment...pero natuwa ako ng nabasa ko ito...i can relate lalo na yung biochem hehee...;)

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:35 PM

thank you po Doc tutubeeMD sa advise nyo...

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:11 PM

Sa med school, 3 weeks ka nang naghahanda para sa exams na ang coverage ay yung past 4-5 weeks lang, hindi ka parin sure kung maipapasa mo.


Is this a plain truth about med school life or just an overrated preconception of it?unsure.png Kasi marami nang nagsasabi sa ibang threads ng ganito pero bakit pag nakakakita ako ng mga med students, for example sa MCDO, they don't seem that burned out from the stresses of med school? I just want to obtain a bird's eye view of what it really looks like when in med school.wink.png

 

kasi ang mcdo ay kainan hindi bahay.. hahahah :) pangit naman sa mcdo ka maburn out diba?? pagbalik ng kwarto nila jan na yun lalabas..