by Miriam Choi
USC Pre-Health Week 2011 concluded on Friday, April 15 with a medical student panel discussion composed of six students from USC Keck School of Medicine , one student from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and one student from UCI School of Medicine .
Each member of the panel shared the advantages and disadvantages of being a full-time medical student.
According to panel members, although medical school may be demanding, there is a sense of fulfillment in knowing that the training ultimately prepares you to become a doctor and help people.
“Delayed gratification is a synonym for medical school,” said UCI MS II Sarah Farukhi. “But you have a purpose and you have to keep reminding yourself that this is what you want to do.”
Said UCLA MS I Paul Frank: “The first two years are largely didactic so you spend most of your time sitting in a lecture room, but the biggest pro is eventually being able to see patients,”
The medical students also advised the undergraduate audience on topics that included undergraduate course scheduling, medical school applications, and how to efficiently study for medical school.
“I see the rewards of my learning because what you learn about, you also see in the hospital,” said USC MS II Tejas Patil. “Doctor Albert Herrera’s lectures really help me even now. Make sure you take his class and really understand the material.”
Said USC MS II Shyann: “If you don’t get into medical school, it’s okay. I took a year off after my undergraduate schooling because I didn’t get in the first time. But I had a full year to dedicate for my application. They only thing that changed was my application, all my numbers were the same.”