Fulfilling dreams: Medical Doctor

Fulfilling dreams: Medical Doctor

Back when we were young, we were often asked: “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. 

People around us had influenced us on what we want to become in the future. Your friends may tell you that he wanted to be a nurse because his mother is a nurse. Some may say that they want to be a pilot because they love seeing the airplanes above them. Others may also say they wanted to become a famous artist because they appreciate art in its bold beauty through paintings and drawings. 

If you dream of becoming a medical doctor someday, you need to know what you have to go through. The steps on how to achieve an “MD.” at the end of your name will not be easy, but I assure you, it will all be worth it. 

Step one: Achieve a bachelor’s degree. 

A bachelor degree must be taken after high school. You must complete the required subjects and prerequisites to become eligible for medical school; these subjects are biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics. It is a plus if you have worked in a health care related setting, it may be in the form of hospital and clinic volunteers, doctor’s office, or a medical researcher.

Step two: Pass the entrance exam

A student must achieve a specific grade for their UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) or GAMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admissions Test)–depending on if he or she is an undergraduate or a post-graduate. Depending on the medical school you want to be in, your UMAT/GAMSAT grade must be above their standard grade requirement. 

Step three: Medical school

You have to complete all the subjects and the curriculum that is laid out for medicine proper. You must finish at least four years of Medical school, which consists of classroom based lectures, laboratories, and guided hospital experience. All these will evaluate your skills in different aspects: knowledge, interpersonal, discipline, and many more. 

Step four: Internship and residency

A graduate of medical school must complete one year of internship and three to 8 years of residency. The number of years for the residency program depends on the subspecialty chosen by the graduate. The fellowship is not a requirement for all medical subspecialties. 

Step five: Licensure

Passing the physician’s licensure exam will be the gateway for a doctor to practice independently. Unless you are given your license to practice, you are not allowed to do what a licensed physician can.

Tips for a Smooth Career Transition

Tips for a Smooth Career Transition

There are so many reasons why people transition in terms of their careers. Career transition is the process of moving and changing into a new career. Whether you are transitioning to a new sector or career, to a new location, to retirement, into a position of leadership, following redundancy, or even transitioning back into employment because of an extended leave for whatever the reason, career transition may be challenging.

Career transition can be a fairly easy process for some. But for others, it can be challenging and difficult on every level. For those of you who find career transition challenging, here are a few tips for a smooth career transition:

Seek assistance and accept help

asking helpWhen you are transitioning into a new career, don’t be afraid to seek and accept help and support from anyone. There are career transition services that you can seek help from. They can provide you with career coaches to guide and help you navigate the transition process, which will make the career transition much easier for you.

It is also important to connect and network with people who can help you. Reach out to people, to associations, to companies, and to leaders whether in person or virtually on social media platforms, like Twitter and Linkedin. Networking is important because you will be able to know about jobs that aren’t advertised. You can also ask your colleagues or friends for their counsel, tips, introductions, and advice.

Focus and keep an opened mind

In the process of career transition, it is important that you focus on where you want to go. You can start by picking a tribe or a lane that you prefer. You can be focused on a group or tribe that you want to be a part of, or you can be focused on a career path or lane. However, you should also keep an opened mind. It is okay to do some informational interviews, shadowing, internships, freelancing, and trainee work. When you are in the process of career transition, sometimes you have to start a new career all over again.

Be prepared and decide on a plan

planIt is important to prepare and plan for a career transition. You should make yourself prepared by researching, tailoring your resume, improving your Linkedin profile, practice before being interviewed, acquire new skills, as well as taking time for self-development. You need to decide on a plan by knowing what you should be doing. You need to set your self some goals that you want to achieve.…

Choosing a career

Choosing a career

Choosing a career should be done early in life, to enable you to start focusing on that particular career. It may be a bit difficult to make the decision, but it is quite important to do so as it increases your chances of landing a job in the field that you desire. There are many factors, which you need to put into consideration for you to choose the right career for yourself. Some of the top considerations to make are highlighted below.

Top factors to consider when choosing a career

Personal interests

man feeling good about his career

The first thing that you have to factor in is your interests and passion. You need to find out what you love doing the most and choose a career that is related to that interest. This will ensure that you have all the motivation and determination to achieve success in the career, without actually feeling too much pressure. However, you have to consider the fact that interests may change over time. This means that if you are choosing a career early in life, you should ensure that you are truly passionate about it to minimize the chances of you losing interest in it in the future. Hobbies and skills will play a major factor as you consider your interests.

Market conditions

Among the main reasons as to why you would even work hard towards your career is to make a living out of it. In simpler words, you should opt for a career that gives you high chances of landing a job once you complete your education or training course. You need to do some research in regards to the market conditions. Based on the current and projected market conditions, determine the availability of opportunities in that career. The more the opportunities there are, the better your chances of success are. However, this does not mean that you should refrain from pursuing careers that are highly competitive or have few opportunities if you are passionate about them.


dollar sign in blue backgroundYour current financial situation may also play a major role in choosing your career. In most cases, you will require some qualifications even to get an opportunity to pursue the career of your dreams. Getting the qualifications will require you to spend some significant amount of money. For example, you may have to go to school and undertake a particular course for you to qualify for your desired career. You should consider if you have the financial power to go through the entire course for you to pursue your dream career.…