There are a lot of questions that you will want to ask a doctor as a student. As a pre-med, you want to get an idea of what the life of a doctor in that specialty is like. What do they like and dislike about their job? What are the hours like? What kind of patients do they see? Then, as a medical student, you want to know details about the medicine of their specialty. What are the most important concepts that I need to learn? What is the treatment for this disease? This article goes into detail about both types of questions.
8 Questions to ask as a pre-med
1 What do you like about medicine
This is a great question to get an idea of what attending medical school is like and in general what a medical career has to offer. Many physicians love their career and have spent their life crafting their skill, they love to talk about medical schools, medical education, and what academic medicine is all about.
This is a good question to help solidify your interest in medicine as well and can give you a good base of knowledge of what you can expect in medicine.
2 Any regrets about becoming a doctor
This is a great thing to know before you find yourself in a medical school interview, about to go down this path. It is very helpful to hear what your potential future colleagues have to say about their career. It will help you learn more about what they do on a day-to-day basis, and what they like and dislike about it.
Knowing what experienced doctors struggle with can help you know what to watch for and what to be aware of before you are interviewing at medical schools and going through the process to become a doctor.
3 Would you choose your specialty again
Wow, this is a powerful question. Most students don’t stop and think about the actual job satisfaction of practicing physicians. Pay attention though to why they don’t like their specialty and why they would or would not choose it again, as this is important.
Some common complaints are: on-call shifts, paperwork, amount of time spent with patients, patient population. You will want to know if these things bother the doctor you are speaking with and why.
4 What do you wish you knew when you were in my shoes
This allows you to know what med school is like and things to watch out for along the way. This can be a helpful question even for your medical school application, because it may give you some insight into that process.
This is a great question to ask, and I hope you write it down or remember to ask it.
5 What was hard about medical school
Med students have a tough time in medical school. Between the pre-clinical studies and the clinical rotations these are tough years.
Knowing what an experienced doctor has to say about this is a huge value to you. Even better, if you are shadowing faculty members at school or even a residency then this can be an even more detailed question because they have so much information to provide as they are right there in academic medicine and live it each day!
6 Why is residency so tough
Residency is a key part of the process and it is a time when you are really learning how to be a doctor. The hours are long, the work is demanding, and you are constantly being tested.
You want to know why it is so tough so that you can be prepared for it and have some idea of what to expect. This question can also help you understand what your future colleagues went through during their residency and how they coped with it.
It is nice to know what to expect at every step along the way.
7 What is the best part of medical school
You can get a sense of what medical school is like from the outside looking in, but it is always helpful to hear from someone who has actually been through it.
This question can help you understand what the positive aspects of medical school are and why people choose to go through such a tough process. It can also help inspire you when times are tough during your own medical school journey.
8 Would you do it all again
This is a great question to ask at the end of an interview or conversation with a doctor. It can help you understand their overall career satisfaction and how they feel about their chosen profession.
This question can also give you some insight into your own future and whether or not you would like to pursue a career in medicine. If the answer is yes, then you know you are on the right path. If the answer is no, then you may want to reconsider your career choice, but always think of what their core reasons for saying yes or no are before you completely change your career trajectory.
What questions should I ask a medical student?
As a medical student your focus is more on learning medicine, so your questions are going to be different.
Typically your questions will be focused much more on career trajectory and general medical questions.
You want to know treatments, pathologies, diagnostics, and their general experience with diagnosing, treating, and helping patients.
Having the ability to spend so much time with physicians as a medical student is a great value to your knowledge and your career trajectory.
What should I ask my med school mentor?
You should focus on questions about their experience in medical school, what they liked and didn’t like, why they decided to go into the field of medicine they are in, questions about the residency process and what it was like for them.
You want to get as much information from them as possible so that you can make an informed decision about your own future.
Your mentor can be a physician, advisor, or honestly anyone ahead of you in the process of becoming a doctor.
They can offer great advice on the process and help you come up with good insights and even more questions to ask along the way so you can always make the most informed choice and decision about your career choice.
Why is it important to ask questions
Asking these kinds of questions helps you understand the process, the people involved in it, and what you can expect. It also helps give you an idea of whether or not this is the right career path for you.
There are a lot of questions to ask and we’ve only gone over a few of them here. The most important thing is that you are always asking questions, doing research, and trying to learn as much as you can.
The best way to make a decision about whether or not this is the right career for you is to be informed and always be asking questions.
Shadowing doctors in both pre-med and medical school is great, and you can learn a ton. Asking questions like this can help you understand what the life of a physician is like and if it’s the right path for you. If you want to know more questions, check out this list of questions to ask your doctor while shadowing.
When in doubt, always ask questions! It can only help you in making an informed decision about your future.
I hope this article helps you along your path!
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