Medicine is a life of filling in forms
- By: Siddartha Dutta
From the moment we decide to join medical school it is a huge commitment; not to academic achievement or public service but rather to filling in forms. Filling in forms is as much a part of medical life as miserable canteen food and long hours. But are these forms useful, or are they just more bits of paper to push around?
University entrance forms are where it all begins. The dread of fitting all your qualifications and their awarding bodies into tiny boxes is surpassed only by the horror of the personal statement. Perhaps the application forms are cleverly disguised tests to see how applicants would cope with the challenges of filling in forms as a young doctor.
After application forms come financial status forms. These repeat entrance form questions but also ask you to describe a spate of financial and personal circumstances in boxes. Only students who brave these