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June 22, 2021, 05:56:17 am

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collierenazzado

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Medicine or Law
« on: June 07, 2021, 05:25:38 pm »
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Hello, I am a new AN user and a Year 12 student stuck between Monash Medicine or Law/Arts (major in psych), Law/Comm (major in behavioural commerce). Below are my reasons for wanting to pursue both careers. If you could provide some advice (particularly if you are a med/law student), that would help me out a lot! Appreciate it :).

Some background info before you read the reasons: I love English and the Sciences. I am a very creative person and I love a people-based job. Most of my hobbies are creative writing, watching movies, listening to music (eg. creative-based). However, I don't like art at all! Big LOL. When I was little.... I wanted to be an actor. Then... i found out that i was doing well at school and wanted to become a doctor and my parents probably over-encouraged it. I  did love science and helping people with illnesses.. I always found learning about diseases and the human body fascinating when i was young.

So i carried that ideal throughout my whole schooling life... until in year 9 when i discovered law and how i really enjoyed fighting for justice and fairness. family friends all did law in uni, they were major influences on me because obviously my parents and their parents and them met up for dinner. then i've been in and out of law and med ever since then and never really sat down and addressed it.

then.. i did psych 3/4 last year and fell in love it. i wanted to study it in uni, given the opportunity to not give up my main dreams of med or law. last year summer holidays i also researched reality of med and stuff.... the night shifts, long hours, disgusting stuff was a little off putting to me.... so i was like med/law/psych

so i decided to sit the UCAT just in case i wanted med in year 12.... no regrets right?

in a difficult situation now. should i cancel the ucat test and get a refund? or continue my ucat prep and sit it... my ucat prep has been on and off. my scores are fluctuating... im getting 90th in SJT and sometimes in VR and DM, but always 50 for QR and 60-70 for AR. (these are percentiles, not percentages).

an adv of cancelling the UCAT is that more time is spent chilling/VCE prep
a disadv of cancelling the UCAT is money gone spent on medentry, and a future possible regret of not taking it in year 12, with the guilt of my 'childhood dream' being a doctor. as u can see i've wanted to become a doctor more than a lawyer when i was young. but i was young.. some of my reasons of being a doctor might be idealised and a little shallow hahaha.


Medicine:
Rewarding helping people recover from illnesses
I like to learn about diseases
More cash money than a lawyer
Get the dr. in front of my name without a phD
High Job security
Science of the human body is fascinating
my parents and relatives will respect me more

Law:
I like to argue and prove people wrong (hehe)
Iím interested in learning about laws and fighting for justice
Clean (donít have to look at yucky stuff)
Iím interested in medical law as a masters under my undergrad
Get to study psych at uni
NO MATHS
NO RURAL

Thanks everyone!

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Re: Medicine or Law
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2021, 05:57:50 pm »
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Just an update -
I can't imagine myself not pursuing Med or Law, unless I don't get into these courses.

Cheers :) i look forward to reading everyone's replies!

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Re: Medicine or Law
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2021, 09:19:07 am »
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Hi there,
I'm happy to offer some limited advice (although it will be limited, I'm only a first year med student so I can't offer anything about the actual careers themselves or what it's like to be a doctor/lawyer)

Should you sit the UCAT?
First of all, I'm pretty sure that the deadline for cancelling your UCAT test and receiving a refund was yesterday. Given that the test is quite expensive and you've already paid for Medentry prep the best thing you can probably do for yourself is sit the test, even with little preparation (it's only 2 hours). That way you're not wasting a tonne of money. If I was you, I'd continue with gentle prep but don't let it eat into VCE study time or chill time (eg. just 15 minutes a day or something and 1-2 full practice exams). Unless you suddenly become certain that you don't want to pursue med (if that's the case, I would just sit the test without anymore preparation). Or unless you suddenly become certain you want to get into medicine and not do law (in which case, probably do a little more preparation).

Med or Law?
Personally I think that you should concentrate on your recent thoughts surrounding your career. At the end of the day a childhood dream is exactly that, a childhood dream. Don't do medicine just because it's what you have wanted to do for the last 5 years of high school, instead do it because it's something you want to do now.

I'd also encourage you to reconsider your list of pros and cons. Whilst it is important to consider things about job security, etc, at the end of the day both med and law are respected courses with a broad spectrum of possible career paths. You've probably already been told this, but you really need to pick the course/career you think you will enjoy more and get more out of. If that's still not clear right now, don't worry (after all, you might enjoy both)! As long as you sit the UCAT (and preference Med somewhere on your list) then both options are open to you, really up until December after ATARs are released. That's another 6 months that you have to do more research, have a look at the course outlines and make a decision.

I just edited your list a little to make you think a bit more about the pros/cons of your options, you could add more to it yourself over the next few months to help you figure out your decision. Maybe talk to some of your friends in law and ask them to help you out with their pros/cons of the career.
Medicine:
Rewarding helping people recover from illnesses
I like to learn about diseases
More cash money than a lawyer
Get the dr. in front of my name without a phD

High Job security
Science of the human body is fascinating
my parents and relatives will respect me more
No Maths
Possible pathway into psychiatry


Law:
I like to argue and prove people wrong (hehe)
Iím interested in learning about laws and fighting for justice
Clean (donít have to look at yucky stuff)
Iím interested in medical law as a masters under my undergrad
Get to study psych at uni
NO MATHS
NO RURAL
2020: ATAR 99.70
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Re: Medicine or Law
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2021, 10:43:50 am »
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Personally I think that you should concentrate on your recent thoughts surrounding your career.
I want to second this. I personally have gone into a course that I only even thought of within the last half or quarter of year 12 (the midwifery side). I know I'm only in first year, but I'm absolutely loving it and sometimes midwifery is the only thing that incites me to study.
Just my thoughts.
Really seconding everything that Choco's saying.
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Re: Medicine or Law
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2021, 03:14:36 pm »
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Adding onto the great advice from Chocolatemilkshake and The Cat in the Hat, you could potentially do a Double degree in Bachelor of Law/Science or Bachelor of Law/Biomedical Science at Monash. This would mean you are able to keep both medicine and law options open since you will be eligible for Monash postgraduate medicine. While it is 1 year longer, it can keep that option open and also allow you to satisfy both your English and Science love. Definitely do more research about the Law doubles tho since I'm only doing a single Science degree so might not know all the details.
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Re: Medicine or Law
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2021, 11:35:57 pm »
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As a current 4th yr med student at Monash I've been through some of what you are considering now.

I am also an intrinisically very creative person, and my two favourite subjects at school were English and Latin. Whilst in high school I doubted if someone like me might be meant for medicine if my passions seemed to be more humanities based. I was also conscious of the number of law graduates and heard from family friends of the grind being in a corporate job. When I did work experience (at both a hospital and law firm) the lawyer told me not to do law and do medicine instead :)

I ended up choosing medicine because I felt if I was serious I wanted to do it straight from school as I couldn't really stomach the thought of doing another degree and competing for a place all over again, I had numerous other interests I would be happy to pursue anyway.

There are many types of people in medicine and so far it has been a good choice. I enjoy the challenge, and love talking with patients. I also have much in common with the people in my course, who are people used to learning, hard work and we can have a laugh too.

Although medicine can be creative in some ways e.g. formulating differential diagnoses, it really is am mass memorisation, making connections and learning the administration with the job. It is also a very long career path, so you have to pace yourself. My tip is, if you're keen, ensure you pursue your other interests alongside medicine. All jobs have some degree of drudgery associated with them and medicine is no different, however once you gain a bit of confidence you start feeling like you're actually useful and at the end of the day there's always jobs. Don't go into it just for status though, you can ''make it'' in heaps of other professions with less of an emotional burden and you're at the bottom of the pecking order for a while. If you're into money you will be well renumerated but those who make the most money in general are those who go into fields that deal with money/that enable one to start a business.

P.S. def sits the UCAT although it's cliche you may as well have that option of med open if it's even remotely on your radar
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