It's all about attitude
- By: Katherine McGinn
We've all seen the telltale signs of medical students who would rather be anywhere but here; chatting in lectures, muttered complaints about travelling miles to come to the ward round, the sigh of reluctance when faced with the prospect of sticking a needle into anyone despite having endlessly rehearsed it on the fake arm-pincushion. So why do some students often seem reluctant to learn when given the opportunity?
Whether graduates fare better than high school applicants at medical school has sparked off much debate. Many reasons supporting the view that graduates make better medical students have been proffered: the familiarity of learning in a university environment, their awareness of the financial implications of studying, or their mature approach to studying. Most of these stem from a major advantage that graduates have over their first time undergraduate colleagues—life experience. Nevertheless, it is unfair to say that only graduate students possess such