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Medical Career

Points to consider when deciding whether to study medicine

This is a guide for those who are considering medicine as a career. This information will be relevant whether you are still at school and thinking of applying to do a degree in medicine or if you are a graduate in another subject and are considering applying for the accelerated graduate entry programme to medicine.

Your personal qualities and ability

● Medicine is a science, therefore you will need to be have strong scientific ability (or the skills to develop this ability – this is particularly relevant to entrants who are selected from a non-science/traditional background).

● You must also possess the capacity to learn and to retain large amounts of information.

● You will need good analytical and reasoning skills.

● Much of the work is patient-focused and involves teamwork with other healthcare professionals. Therefore you are required to have good people skills.

● Medical practice requires lifelong learning and the work can…

Medical Ethics

Medical ethics is a system of moral principles that apply values and judgments to the practice of medicine. As a scholarly discipline, medical ethics encompasses its practical application in clinical settings as well as work on its history, philosophy, theology, and sociology. Six of the values that commonly apply to medical ethics discussions are:

● autonomy - the patient has the right to refuse or choose their treatment.

● beneficence - a practitioner should act in the best interest of the patient.

● justice - concerns the distribution of scarce health resources, and the decision of who gets what treatment.

● non-maleficence - "first, do no harm"

● respect for persons - the patient (and the person treating the patient) have the right to be treated with dignity.

● truthfulness and honesty

When moral values are in conflict, the result may be an ethical dilemma or crisis. Sometimes, no good solution to a dilemma in medical ethics exists, and occasionally, the values of the medica…