Bouquets and bedpans
What are the pros and cons of studying medicine? Philip Brooks goes soul searching
- By: Phil Brooks
My (non-medic) housemate asked me to compose a list of good and bad things about life as a medic. She also asked me to compose a list of potential interview questions. Her cousin, Emily, has applied to study medicine and is now tapping every possible source of medical information.
I remember the time well. In my sixth form, the medics-to-be would hunt in packs for prized beasts known as “work experience” or “interview practice.” Otherwise right minded 18 year olds would positively queue up to wipe the backsides of senile octogenarians in nursing homes across the county. I recall the struggle to gain places on courses designed to mould you into perfect med- ical school material. There were various (expensive, needless to say) publications that promised to propel you through the sphincter of medical school selection faster than a Picolax enema. As the credits rolled for programmes such as BBC2's