All About Medical Students
All About Medical Students
  • Park Yoo-bin (ST Reporter)
  • 승인 2021.01.02 16:56
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Is there anything you want to know about medical students? ST interviewed a medical student. Now, Here are answers that can address your curiosities, and break your bias against medical students! Let’s meet her here at ST!.............................................Ed


I always felt sorry that SSU does not have a medical school. I interviewed a medical student to find out what they 
learn in medical school. So, ST interviewed Nam gung-yoon (College of Medicine, 19, Pusan National University).

ST: Introduce yourself, please!

Nam: I’m a sophomore medical student at Pusan National University. I graduated from a high school in Daejeon, and after taking the second and third exams for two years in Seoul, I enrolled in the medical program. Currently, I have a hard time since I started dissection classes in the 2nd semester of the preparatory course.

ST: Please introduce me to the process of becoming a doctor!

Nam: The curriculum is slightly different from the Class of 21 in medicine. Some subjects have been moved to the preparatory course, and there are few changes. In the first year of the preparatory course, we learn about the overall structure of the human body, basic chemistry, medications, digestive systems, and respiratory sciences. In the second year, we learn about endocrinology, psychiatry, and haematology. So far, you can think of it as an introductory class at a general university. There’s not much to learn in the preparatory course, and there are friends who play around because they think they’re newbies. Most of the goals are to pass the exam. Next, I will tell you about the curriculum of the main program. When you enter the main program, you will learn about many circulators, including digestive system and respirators. When I was in fourth grade, I went to the hospital to practice. Medical school includes a graduation exam upon graduation. You can only graduate if you pass this exam. However, it’s not a special situation 
because everyone passes. After completing the entire course successfully, you will take the national exam for medical schools in February. Then, I will complete the internship course, and my grades will be based on the hospital. I will select for internship training after graduation. Therefore, we tend to take good care of our grades. After graduation, medical students usually go through post-internship residency and post-resident fellowship courses. An intern is a medical practitioner who spends about a year in a training hospital to do basic medical care. When you work at a hospital, you perform basic patient dressing, not fullfledgedmedicine. Next, I will explain the role of a resident. Residency, which takes about three to four years, involves a medical practitioner who receives professional training as an attending physician. Since you are the primary physician of the patient, you will begin to manage the patient yourself. It will lead to collaboration with the professor or the chief of medicine by giving a direct examination and prescription. We will collaborate with other departments, and from this point, responsibility for the patient will follow. Fellowships usually last about a year or two. After becoming a specialist, a fellowship is either a course to become a professor or a medical practitioner who is trained further to acquire specialized skills.

ST: Prejudice on medical students: what is true and what is not?

# Medical Students Are Likely to Study 24 Hours a Day.
Nam: I’d like to say no. First of all, it is impossible to study 24 hours a day. You should get enough sleep and nutrition. Of course, I can stay up all night studying right before an exam, but I cannot do it all the time. Though grades are important due to the nature of medical schools, in the end, when students pass the national exams, they all become doctors. There are many motives to avoid being paid. Everyone seems to be studying and enjoying different hobbies according to their values and goals. If you want to accomplish more, you can stay awake, and just eat and study while giving up other things. Otherwise, you can play games and start drinking. However, many people have other ideas to avoid flunking. It means that the student doesn’t exceed the absolute standard, so I don’t think there are people who don’t study at all. Everyone seems to be doing it to some extent. Also, the difference is, unlike the mid-term and final exams in most departments, we have one course test every 10 days to 2 weeks, so the test period and the non-test period do not seem to be distinctly divided as they do in other departments. We are always in exam period.

# Cannot Play Well
Nam: I think this is also a misunderstanding. Not only in medical schools, but, everywhere, there are people who play well in all types of group settings. Of course, I think, there might be less people in medical schools who also excel in sports. We have plenty of friends in our department who like to play well, and they are confident that they will never fall behind other departments. Likewise, there are many professors who like to drink, and, in my personal opinion, people who are good at studying are also good in competitive sports.

# Most of Them Are Rich
Nam: I think it’s actually about choosing to study in a really expensive medical school. Pusan National University is just average when stacked against all other medical schools, but I didn’t think many children were that rich. I never felt like being born with a golden spoon, but, rather, I felt that there were many children with highly educated parents.

ST: What kind of doctor do you want to be in the future, and what are your thoughts on the Korean medical community?

Nam: After going through recent strikes and alliance breaks, I learned so much about the Korean medical community. I want to tell you that there are many medical evils and limitations to doctors. However, I still want to be a responsible doctor. I want to be a cardiothoracic surgeon who cares about the human body and the mind.

Park Yoo-bin (ST Reporter)

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