The main factors that you need to base your decision about whether is for you is based on whether you’re truly interested in it to the point that the inevitable challenges of a medical career are overcome by your passion. Studying medicine is sometimes hard, I’m not going to deny that, but it’s not intellectually that difficult – the difficulty of studying Medicine comes from the sheer volume of the content. That’s why I say that if you’re truly interested and passionate about medicine you’ll cope because the content will keep you engaged and you’ll be able to remain dedicated for the 5 years of medical school and the years of learning throughout the career.
In terms of not feeling smart enough, don’t let that put you off because I can tell you almost everyday I feel like I’m not smart enough and every medical student will say the same – it’s a bit of an unavoidable part of self-critique that we all go through when thinking of the rigorous application process. Just because something is hard and has its challenges doesn’t mean you won’t be able to do it. So if you want to study Medicine, 100% go for it! Just think if you meet the minimum entry requirements of medical school they’re happy to take you on which means you definitely have the right academic ability. Even if you don’t meet the minimum entry requirements, there are other ways you can approach applying for medical school and again if you are able to get in you are “smart enough” to be there.
Here are some other tips for exploring whether the career is suited to you.