Reason 1: You have time to find yourself.
With the ever-changing world, it is hard to know what we want to be exactly. A medical career is a serious commitment to take on, and making that decision at 17 years old can be an extremely stressful process. Certain countries and universities recognize this and therefore won’t force their students to make a decision until they have had at least 2 years to choose a major. For a decision as big (and time-consuming) as a medical career, you might need to enrol in some classes to determine if you can handle 6 more years of this.
Reason 2: Dipping your toes into medical activities.
What better way to know your passions than to actually try them out? Perhaps you are currently working towards a business degree and had an opportunity to intern at a hospital. After 1 month of working there, actually seeing how patients are being treated by the team of doctors, you realize that this is the medical field for you. Experience is sometimes the best teacher we can learn from.
Reason 3: Emotional maturity to take on serious doctor roles
Commitment to a medical degree takes more than good grades in organic chemistry. Being a doctor means that you will be involved with real people in situations that others might not find themselves in…every day. Emergency cases, emotionally charged family members of patients and making decisions that can be life or death situations are all part of the job description. Growing older will give you that emotional maturity to determine which path is right for you.
Reason 4: Exploring the World
With the fast-paced world that we are living in, it is no surprise to anyone that many industries are evolving right before our eyes. Being a doctor in the 21st century comes with a series of modern problems that require new perspectives to overcome. This also applies to medical school as new students coming in should have experiences that they can pull from that will help them inside the lecture halls and when they eventually meet their patients in the future. Diverse perspectives also include talking to people of different backgrounds and beliefs. Treating a variety of patients will likely require a variety of knowledge and awareness as well, and what better way to gain these than going to college beforehand?
We understand that everyone is different, you may know who you are right now, or you might need a little more time to figure it out. And that is okay.
Fortunately, in Thailand, a post-graduate Medical program has just opened up! Chulalongkorn University, Thailand’s oldest and highly competitive school has opened their first postgraduate Medical program named CU-MEDi. CU-MEDi prospective students go through a similar admission process as they would in the United States by sending in their MCAT, CV and essay to the admissions office. CU-MEDi students will graduate with the same M.D degree, but in just 4 years as opposed to 6 years. CU-MEDi aims to truly prepare students for the 21st century with an international program where all courses are taught in English with classmates who had completed their bachelor’s degree from both Thailand and Abroad.
Still curious about the CU-MEDi program or whether it is a fit for you? Contact us at 061-485-5569 or LINE: @EduSmith to schedule a meeting with our counsellors are happy to provide more information and help you on your journey to medical school.