Of all the subjects a person can study at university, there are some that are
best studied domestically. Medicine is one of those subjects. Medicine is a specialty.
It's not like more general programs such as art or music because there are
very strict national and regional guidelines for medical procedures and practices.
The precautions for nuclear radiation may be different in Italy or China
than they are here in Canada. Therefore it's in your best interests to study
medicine in the country you intend to practice in afterward.
There are a variety of medical programs available to study in Canada from specialties
that require eight or ten years of extra study, like cardio-thoracic surgery,
to medical assistance courses in physical therapy or pediatric dentistry. Each
subset of medicine presents its own unique challenges and rewards, and because
many of them take so much time and energy, it's important that you choose
a program that's going to meet your goals for life and be something that
you enjoy. Remember, medicine isn't just a job, it's a lifestyle,
so be prepared for it by picking an area you're passionate about.
Choosing a school is another issue that often stumps prospective medical students.
There are more differences between medical schools than whether the professors
prefer to bind injuries in round slings or triangular ones. There's also
how well-respected the degree program is nationally, how hard it is to finish,
and whether the university is located in a town you can stand living in for
almost a decade. Which medical school you choose will affect what type of doctor
you will become and if you end up becoming one at all, so choose wisely.
You may think it would be easier to get into international hockey school and
become a professional hockey player than it would be to get into medical school,
and in some cases you would be right. A medical school application is not something
to be taken lightly. In order to be successful you must start preparing for
the requirements years in advance, so you would be well-advised to research
what these requirements are and to seek out some tips (like those in our series
of articles) on applying successfully.
These are just some of the things you may have to think about, and you can
find the answers to a lot of the questions posed here in our series of articles
on studying medicine domestically. While they are helpful, remember that the
articles are just a starting point on a long journey. Becoming a doctor takes
a lot of work, so if you're not willing to keep reading here, that's
an indication that you may not be suited for the profession after all. If that's
the case, perhaps you should drop your dreams of medical school and make your
own business cards for a living instead. All you need for that is some card
stock and a laser printer.