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Hi there, 

This is a very complex question and there is no one simple 'correct' answer. I think one of the primary issues is the volume of knowledge in Medicine that one has to try to attain - an impossible task in itself to know everything in Medicine as there is just too much out there. This issue is further compounded by the fact that things change all the time in Medicine; what was relevant yesterday may be completely untrue today, (holds face in her hands..). Then factor in things like balancing patient needs with ones own medical education; medical students often spend several hours on the wards undertaking tasks such as venepuncture and cannulation etc. So essentially I am eluding to the fact that TIME or lack of time gets in the way of mastering Medicine. 

I could really go on with this question! What other factors can you think of? Do you disagree with any of the above?

Kind Regards,


 Definitely. It's a matter of life and death.

Medicine is more than a subject, it's a life-long dedication. 

If you don't fully grasp a concept or simply haven't learnt it then a person's life could be dramatically altered. 

Yes, with the advancing medicine & research, treatment modalities are changing and improving. 

Medicine is a newer subject and it is still having many changes.  As a nursing student, I know first hand that it is constantly changing.

Totally agreed

I agree that the fundamentals remain. But the ever-changing field of medicine is why medicine is such a commitment as there is an obligation for doctors to be up to date with literature and research when thinking of medical care for patients. 

That is true but don't you agree that the basis remains almost the same?

Human beings, as well as disease genomes, are ever evolving.

That's a very professional and dedicated approach.

Studying medicine is a lifelong commitment. It is a profession in which the breadth of knowledge required to carry out the end goal of improving patient care on a public health scale and helping individuals with presenting problems is large but not insurmountable. Medicine couples practical aspect as well as theory which can be challenging to many. Furthermore, a large part of medical school is spent within hospitals rather than in a lecture theatre and so the onus is on the student to carry out self directed learning. 

Medicine requires a foundation of knowledge of the sciences: human biology, biochemistry and even a basic knowledge of physics when thinking of the heart and vasculature! Then clinical knowledge to built upon this foundation. Many students find the sheer volume of information being taken in at medical school challenging but with time, and lots of perseverance(!), it will become consolidated. 

A point to end with, medicine is an incredibly rewarding profession. Knowledge is not the only important aspect of becoming a good doctor. Interpersonal skills are branded about in personal statements but it very much rings true in medicine. A hugely important part is taking a patient through their journey from the moment they present, through the diagnosis and the treatment. Compassion, empathy, good communication are just as important.

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