Auckland FY BHSc/BSc 2018 Chat

Discussion in 'OLY1' started by Blueglacier, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. laserwise

    laserwise Member

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    Last of the lot, POPLHLTH 111 is out! Class average 64.7%, mean of 29.1/45, low of 7/45 and high of 100% of course. Around 110 people in that A+ bracket, as well as 200 in the A bracket, so as a cohort I'd say we did fairly well!
     
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  2. Kiwiology

    Kiwiology UOA BPharmaybe II

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    I hope your tests went the way you wanted, if not, don't despair.

    Here's some things to keep in perspective which might be helpful and means not getting into med isn't the end of the world;
    • Even after 6 years of med, you still do another 7-10 years of postgraduate training
    • The hours for said training are often very long and certainly not 9-5 Mon-Fri
    • Even as a Consultant you won't be working business hours unless you're a GP or in private practice
    • Although your personal income is going to be very nice; the health system will never have enough money
    • Ultimately, the overall decision makers are not the doctors, they are non-medically qualified politicians
    • Personally I have concluded the lay public have quite some unreasonable expectations about what medicine can do
    • You will always be subject to greater scrutiny and accountability than the average private citizen; you will, for your entire professional career, be subject to the professional regulatory body (Medical Council) and the standard they set. If you gaffe in your private life, it could affect your ability to renew your APC.
    I was super gutted I missed out on med considering I'd wanted it for so long; I was seriously depressed for months afterwards and then it sort of hit me the more I thought about it ... the time, the lifestyle, the hours, the training, all of that stuff suddenly didn't really outweigh the positives and I've decided I'm not going to apply for postgraduate entry. I'm doing quite well in my PGDip and could do another one and very likely get in; but for what? I just don't think it'd be the right thing to do.

    There are many other pathways out there; pharmacy, nursing, optom, research, public health, all sorts of things.

    Hope that helped :)
     
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    chinaski Regular Member

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    Actually, those in private practice often work even more haphazard hours than those in public practice - to make a living in the former, particularly when you're starting out, you need to be available and amenable - at any time of day. Similarly, your patients get sick after hours in private practice --> that's work for you to do.
     
  4. Pump

    Pump Regular Member

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    how did you reach this conclusion?
     

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