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    I was a medic in the army (not like in war or anything... The army here means that every man is trained in case someone (ahem, Russia) decides to attack) and it was quite nice. I hanged around the hospital most of the time and helped the doctors in some easy stuff. I never felt that it was impossible for me to get into that business because of the blood and stuff. I could easily distance myself from it and do what I was supposed to do.. but I never saw any serious cases while in there, just fixed a few broken bones and some cuts.

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    I'm an INFP & also a fresh doctor, having worked for almost a year now in New Zealand (I'm born in Malaysia, only arrived here 4 years ago).

    Well to be frank, I have a strong love-hate relationship with my job. The oppurtunity to help people get better, & the remarkable faith patients have on me are incredibly fulfilling. However, I absolutely detest the endlessly mundane paperwork & bureaucracy in hospitals. So much so that I can't wait to get out of hospital & work as a general practitioner lol.

    It is inevitable that there will be subspecialties that INFP absolutely abhors in Medicine. For me the chief enemy being Orthopaedics (bone, tendons & muscle). Basically it's carpentry on humans - you need a good grasp of anatomy, & brute strength... little else. I can't help but find Orthopaedics generally dull, crude & rough.

    Please forgive my prejudice lol. For all INFPs out there who's curious about pursuing a career in medicine, feel free to ask me anything.
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    My brother is an INFP, and he works as a nurses aid.
    Currently works at a retirement home.
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    - if you're great in science
    - if you have the passion
    - and can memorize - huge loads of information
    - if you are not sensitive to blood, bones, skin, weird infections...etc to which i am particularly sensitive to
    - medicine is also a huge sector
    - following regulations, dealing with all kinds of people, not showing over-empathy, being able to be professional and detached

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    it is for anyone who has passion for it, regardless of type.

    speaking like 3rd year med student who dropped out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebe View Post
    - if you're great in science
    - if you have the passion
    - and can memorize - huge loads of information
    - if you are not sensitive to blood, bones, skin, weird infections...etc to which i am particularly sensitive to
    - medicine is also a huge sector
    - following regulations, dealing with all kinds of people, not showing over-empathy, being able to be professional and detached
    I agree with all of this.

    ...also, I just want to say that I SUCK AT MEMORIZING HUGE QUANTITIES OF INFORMATION AND AM CURRENTLY DROWNING IN IT!!!! I'm so overwhelmed!!! :ouch:
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    Medical school is hard. Many of my classmates are similarly overwhelmed, and doubting one's suitability for the profession is quite common. I see it as a hazing... a loooooong hazing that begins with the MCATs and ends with your last day of residency. You do need to be passionate about medicine to get through it, but it's normal to have doubts.

    "OMG I FEEEEEEEEEL SO INTENSELY ABOUT EVERYTHING OMG OMG OMG GET ME A XANAX" -Priam (ENFP impersonation)

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    oh my gosh i love this thread!! thanks for the revive of it anarchos

    i'm pondering medicine myself and it's good to hear from others with doubts. my thing is, i'm less afraid of med school and more afraid of getting bored eventually. not that med school will be fun, but i know i'll be challenged and learning all new kinds of things every day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Udog View Post
    GPs have it tough. Most of the stuff they see is pretty routine (death to Ne), and the interesting cases usually get referred to a specialist. GPs often have to squeeze as many patients into the day as they can, which wears on ya after awhile. Let's not forget about all the charts these patients generate, as well, and the insurance claims they generate. Finally, to top it off, they don't get paid as well. (Most GPs will not recommend you getting into it for the money.)
    true that. i would DEFINITELY prefer to be a specialist. the GPs i know (my family has its share of doctors and therefore doctor-friends) like their jobs because they keep up with people over long spans of time - get to watch the kids grow, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Babylon Candle
    Big Question: is there enough horizontal exploration? or do you simply dig to a certain depth and then stay there (Are all doctors vertical learners and the specialists simply go deeper?)
    restriction is my biggest fear.

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    Well GPs in NZ are paid awesomely well. You have full flexibility to decide your working hours, & you usually are able to get the annual leave you want instead of having to wait in dread for managers to approve them. Basically, GPs here are great for people who desire more freedom & escaping from a rigid healthcare system.
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    I've thought about it. Seriously. I work in pathology, so it's not a stretch, I know I have the chops for it, but in the end for me, it seemed like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. I would find the patient contact tiresome. Having said that, I think INFP's would make great doctors, if they can cope with the stress during training.
    I'm opting to requalify as a psychologist instead, LOL.
    Currently submerged under an avalanche of books and paper work. I may come back up for air from time to time.
    Real life awaits and she is a demanding mistress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skylights View Post
    i'm pondering medicine myself and it's good to hear from others with doubts. my thing is, i'm less afraid of med school and more afraid of getting bored eventually. not that med school will be fun, but i know i'll be challenged and learning all new kinds of things every day.

    ......

    i would DEFINITELY prefer to be a specialist.
    Funny, the fear of boredom is exactly the reason why I choose to be a generalist rather than a specialist. Because of the extreme narrowness of a particular specialty, you'll end up seeing similar cases ad nauseam.
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