I want to be a scientist and an artist.

Second BMA blog post!

T.W. This introduction is going to sound weird for a ‘future doctors’ page but just bear with me.

Recently I’ve been thinking really hard (literally for 5 minutes this morning in the shower) about whether I actually want to do Medicine.

I’ve never shined in one thing. I don’t have one talent or subject area that everyone knows me for. I love singing and writing songs, but also reading really long articles in scientific journals about new antibiotics with unnecessarily hard-to-pronounce names.*

*Like, seriously, why?

And this has always been a regret of mine. That I didn’t concentrate on one thing. That I haven’t got one big thing I can put in my twitter bio.

The reason this made me rethink Medicine is because, like with any degree, you are signing your life away to study one thing for a fairly long chunk of your life (in proportion to the amount of life I’ve lived so far) but the chunk you sign away with Medicine is twice the size of a normal degree’s chunk.

Okay, I’ve utterly confused myself by saying ‘chunk’ too much.

Basically, Medicine is a long degree.

So, I’ve been asking myself, is it worth it? To do one thing for the next six years of my life? The conclusion I’ve come to is not an answer to that question. The conclusion I’ve come to is simply that the question is void because Medicine isn’t one thing.

Medicine is science. Medicine is health and social care. Medicine is philosophy and ethics. Medicine is sociology. Medicine is psychology. Medicine is anything you want it to be. It’s a science and and art.

So, I’m not committing myself to six years of one thing. I am committing myself to six years of the most diverse, challenging and ever-changing course I could possibly do.

Perhaps I should go into advertising because I totally just sold that.

hey! i'm an 21 year old medical student (currently intercalating in anthropology) living it up in east london! i spend my spare time playing dixie chicks on guitar (badly), attempting to do yoga and turning it up at my church.

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