To be a medical student today
If you want to become a doctor, you must survive the course. Martin Dawes considers what it takes
Medical students are some of the brightest people in the country and are willing to work for the benefit of others more than just working for themselves. Because they already have these two characteristics, most will go on to make good doctors.
The recruitment of medical students varies between countries and universities. However, over time nothing very much has changed.1 As well as being good at exams you also have to have common sense and enthusiasm. It takes brains and character to survive the challenges of medical school.
The characteristics identified formally by some schools in their interview stage may help to identify the non-academic attributes we seek in doctors. The crucial question that interviewers may ask themselves is whether they would want this candidate to be their doctor. Other characteristics include good communication skills, empathy, flexibility, good decision making skills, teamwork, honesty, ability to reflect, insight about illness and