The Ultimate Guide to a Career in Medicine

When talking about medicine, we usually refer to the umbrella term used to talk about the science and practices that focus on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illnesses. More precisely, we talk about helping people, and when somebody wants to help people, there are always some questions that require answers.

For example — what are the good and bad aspects of this career, which professions are a part of medicine, how to start, and how to keep doing it when it gets harder? So, if you are thinking about pursuing a career in medicine, keep reading to understand it better.

Why medicine?

Besides helping people, one of the first things that come to mind when discussing medicine is how hard it is; from studying it to practicing it, medicine requires a lot of everything. Those starting a career in medicine are guaranteed to dedicate most of their free time to it.

However, knowing how many people you will get to save and how many lives you’ll get to make easier is bound to keep you motivated on your path. The satisfaction you will get from improving somebody’s life is definitely worth reaching your career goals. In short, this career path is difficult but noble — and you truly would be making a difference.

Figure out which medical profession is for you

Medicine is not just about being either a doctor or a nurse — there is much more to it than that. The system depends on many different professions, all connected yet dedicated to different aspects of health. After all, the field of medicine is huge; it would be unrealistic for any person to do everything on their own.

There are many medical career options to reflect on, starting from general practitioners, specialist surgeons, and nurses, to dentists, psychologists, and veterinarians. So, the first step towards your career in medicine is choosing the direction you can relate to the most.

Once you have chosen what you want to do, the next thing to do is preparing for and entering university programs, after which you will be one step closer to being a medical professional.

Where to start?

When you figure out which profession you want to pursue, you should do some research on what type of education can get you there. For most medical professions, a university degree is obligatory — you will have to go to university for at least three years (but probably much longer), after which you will probably have to do some internship and residency, depending on the program.

However, before you even start preparing for your admission exam, there are some things you would need to change or improve. Having good work ethics is essential for a career in medicine and, thus, for your studies. Since medicine requires a lot of time and focus, learning how to study and keep your discipline under control is absolutely essential.

You will also need to work on your social skills and emotional intelligence, since all jobs in all medical fields involve working with people. Even as a vet, you’d still have to communicate with pet owners and other colleagues.

Keep practicing

Many people believe that once you finish university, you no longer have to study. Even though that might be true for some studies, medicine is not one of them. It is one of those fields that never stop growing and are prone to having new techniques and technologies appear almost every day.

In other words, if you choose medicine to be your career path, the studying can never stop. Fortunately, there are many courses and certifications that can help you advance in your career. For example, you can get your PALS certification and boost your medical knowledge — and since it takes place online, it is easier to integrate into your busy life.

Everything new that you learn and every certification you get can take you one step closer to your goals and allow you to help others in the best way possible. 

Benefits of this career

A career in medicine is never easy. It requires getting used to your time being dedicated to your job and focusing on constant learning. Nonetheless, the positive sides of pursuing this career are not negligible.

When you become a medical professional, you are regarded as one of the most crucial and respected aspects of the functioning system — and you will be. People’s lives and health will depend on you, and you will have a chance to motivate others, which will eventually leave you with a feeling of accomplishment and pride.

In the end, medicine is a complex science, and the professions associated with it are challenging, to say the least. But, if you feel that helping people, getting personal satisfaction from being responsible for somebody’s health, and making a change is worth adjusting your lifestyle, giving up a lot of free time, and focusing on constant learning — then medicine might be just the profession for you. 

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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