The best knowledge, high average, “night shit” and five from defense are not enough to be a good doctor. The oath taken by Hippocrates at the beginning of studies should not only be meaningless words, but a real sense of responsibility for the health and lives of others and the willingness to help. You just have to feel medicine – empathy, care, kindness and, above all, awareness of the importance of health and life for every human being, are the basic features a medical student should have – a student of one of the most difficult and demanding fields of study. The difficulties of many years of study, continuous improvement, courses, seminars and conferences, sleepless nights, mentally incriminating duties at the hospital, difficult cases … all this goes into oblivion, if the doctor has a sense of accomplishment in what he does; for the doctor there is nothing more valuable than the health and happiness of his patient.
Characteristics of the direction
Medical studies allow you to gain qualifications to provide health services: medical advice, examination, treatment, rehabilitation, prescriptions and judgments, and specialist treatment. Medical studies last six years, after which the professional title of a doctor is acquired. Then you must have a mandatory 13-month postgraduate medical internship completed with a State Medical Examination, which is an actual confirmation of your professional qualifications and entitles you to practice as a doctor (you can join the exam earlier than after a thirteen-month internship). Until the LEP sentence, the medical graduate has a limited right to practice (does not issue prescriptions and judgments, does not conduct the treatment process). The next step on the doctor’s professional path is the first and second degree specializations. During the first years of education, students mainly study theoretical knowledge. In the first and second year of study, lecture subjects include, among others, anatomy, medical biology, chemistry, histology, sociology, first aid, biochemistry, physiology, biophysics and foreign language. In the following years of study, there are more practical classes, including in the laboratory and first contacts with patients (eg practices in the clinic), there are also other subjects related to medicine and issues related to proper communication with patients, management and organization of work. Medical students have a choice of many specializations, on which they depend on subjects taught in subsequent years of study, eg: nuclear medicine, emergency medicine, catastrophe medicine, pathomorphology, pathophysiology, immunology, clinical genetics, pharmacology and toxicology, hygiene and epidemiology, laboratory diagnostics, public health, paediatrics, internal diseases, surgery, gynecology and obstetrics, neurology and neurosurgery, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, dermatology and venereology, psychiatry, infectious diseases, orthopedics, radiology, anesthesia and intensive care, oncology, forensic medicine and law, family medicine and rehabilitation. In the opinions of many medical students, the first two years of study constitute the most difficult period in the course of their studies, and this is not only about the amount of education. The first years of medical studies are also a time to think about – an attempt to answer the question of whether medicine is definitely what you want to do in life. It happens that a high school graduate decides to study medicine because of family tradition or even under the pressure of parents; just like the law, such medicine has been one of the most respected for years, the completion of which will guarantee financial stability and social prestige. If, however, someone does not feel well in these studies or is not mentally immune to seeing blood or syringes … it is worth considering whether medicine is definitely the right choice.
Graduates of medical studies after completing the six-year study and passing the Medical Examination of the State will find work in public and non-public healthcare institutions (clinics, hospitals, emergency departments, private clinics, sanatoria, etc.), research centers, sanitary-epidemiological stations, counseling or institutions dealing with dissemination of pro-health education. You can always consider the issue of starting your own business, which, however, in the case of doctors’ offices requires the acquisition of many certificates of entitlement and permits for the provision of medical services, and, above all, the resources for adequate equipment of the cabinet. The fact of England’s membership in the European Union also opens the gates to work outside of England, and this step, due to high earnings and prestige, is decided by more and more graduates of medicine.