Students interested in the medical sphere should be aware that becoming a doctor is not an easy task. When starting out in college, students will need some core requirements, and biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology are complex fields of study. Students will need to devote hours of their time studying in libraries and will have to take long, complex examinations.
The American Medical News reported that, once students enter medical school, they may have to deal with additional forms of stress. As an example, chief residents may yell at students, even when frustrated by an issue unrelated to their pupils. A survey of 12,195 students from more than 100 medical schools across the country found that 47 percent encountered some type of mistreatment while only 17 percent reported it to a professor or administrator.
"The reason we're here is to improve the quality of life for our patients," Dr. Marsha Rappley, dean of Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, told the news source. "We can't do that as well if we are in an environment where we are not respectful of one another and not considerate of one another. The whole phenomenon directly affects our quality of healthcare across the country."
Despite the difficulties encountered in the medical profession, some people know they were born to be a doctor. A MomMD blog describes women's reasons for becoming physicians. Some have been fascinated by their own health problems and decided to help others with similar issues. One blogger explained that she saved a person's life during a hit-and-run accident and decided that her life mission was to care for patients.
Whatever their motivation, students who wish to become healthcare professionals will need first-hand experience in the medical sphere. Becoming physician scribes is a good option, as these roles provide direct exposure to the patients’ needs as well as upfront medical scribe training in HIPAA privacy laws and medical terminology.