Are you just finishing your Med school and are thinking about what comes after? Is your only career opportunity to become an MD? What should be your next step? You’ll find the answers to all of that and more right in this article so make sure to read on!
What can I do after getting a medical degree?
The great majority of graduates of medical school move on to be doctors. Medical specialists, biochemists, and biological scientists, as well as administrators and directors of health services and public health, are the other positions that are of interest to medical graduates. Since medical education is very intense, some people decide to take a gap year in which they volunteer and work on expanding their CV. However, if you’d like to start your career stat, you should look into locum doctor recruitment as it’s one of the better ways to get employed straight after obtaining your degree.
Gain as much experience while you study
Do as many extracurricular activities as you can while in medical school, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. As funny as it may sound, while in the med school you’ll have the most time compared to the rest of your career life so make sure to take advantage of that. Learn about medical specialties you’ve never heard of or get a new perspective on ones you’ve always been curious about. As a future member of the healthcare team, you will benefit from all of it. Consider the fact that you’re preparing to become the next generation of health professionals, so make the most of your time.
What are the next steps?
What happens after your graduation is highly dependent on which country you’ve completed your education. In Australia, after graduating from medical school, you are eligible for provisional registration and should begin working as an intern or PGY1 doctor. For the first 12 months of your internship, you’ll be working in a public hospital, but you’ll also have the opportunity to work in a variety of other settings. A great way to gain the much-needed experience is to help in a community-based setting. Private hospitals also accept interns.
Interns must complete all mandated core rotations (a medical, surgical, and emergency medicine rotation) as well as two non-core rotations in order to graduate. You are also expected to get satisfactory grades in all of your rotations during that year. General registration, which you will get after completing your intern year, is crucial for moving further in any clinical or non-clinical medical career path.
Don’t forget your passions
Most of us have enrolled in medical school because we’re especially interested in a certain field. Therefore, if you like a certain specialty in medical school, don’t even think twice about pursuing it. Take into account your lifestyle choices before deciding on a career path. The factor you should also consider when choosing your path is your lifestyle. If taking days off is important to you, have that on your checklist. Also, think about which career paths are more lucrative than others. Be fearless in your pursuit of happiness! All the doctors have that fearless streak – just like the famous Maria Montessori. If she hadn’t been passionate about becoming a doctor when no woman has done it before her who knows where the field would have been today.
It takes a lot of practice to become a successful doctor. Think logically – if you like something, it’s easier to keep doing it until you have it down to an art form.
Learn how to manage stress
As contradictory as it may sounds, the years of medical school won’t adequately equip you to care for yourself in the future. Developing a self-care habit that helps you cope with stress is key. Your strategy should be multifaceted, incorporating diet, physical activity, mental health, sleep, and mindfulness. You are ultimately responsible for ensuring your own well-being and avoiding burnout.
Though medical school may be stressful, it can get especially overwhelming but necessary to think about the future. We hope that this article has helped you in your own career journey! Good luck in pursuing your passions!