A bachelor of medicine has always been one of the most sought after degrees and it has long been a goal or dream of many people. At least, many parents or grandparents have dreamt of having a doctor of medicine practitioner in the family; someone to be proud of. In many countries, studying medicine is often associated with prestige and status, and it is usually the most ambitious, smartest, geekiest students or those with the highest grades that undertake the difficult task of becoming doctors in medicine.
Whether you like it or not, the truth is that becoming a doctor will involve a great deal of sacrifice, sweat, blood and tears (figuratively or literally). Sometimes, studying for exams or being on specialty rotations (clinical etc.) might mean that you will pretty much have to be locked up in your room or in a library for hours and hours and thus, neglect other aspects of your life, such as social aspects, like going out with friends, dating etc., or other aspects related to your health, such as eating habits and training etc. On average, a med student will spend about 5 to 6 years to get a degree in medicine. However, this average does not take into account the posterior training known as a residency.
Throughout the following pages, you will find a few testimonials of actual people that have studied or are currently studying medicine in different countries around the world. One such person is Einar Viktorsson, from Sweden, who thinks that it will take him about 5 to 6 years to complete his studies and get his degree in medicine. He says that there is a lot of pressure in med schools in Sweden, given that students are not allowed to fall behind schedule by failing one course more than once.