Dream Come True

So much has happened since my last post 6 months ago!

I remember feeling so hopeless and doubtful about the future. Unsure, uncertain about how things were going to turn out. My dream of becoming a doctor seemed so bleak and futile after countless rejection letters from various universities.

But things have all changed and turned around for the better!

I have finally gained acceptance and been offered a place in the Doctor of Medicine Programme in the University of Sydney Medical School! Is this insane or what! I would never have guessed that i’d be moving to Sydney after moving the New Zealand back in 2012.

The course starts in end January next year 2020, and it will be a 4 year course, with my final year in 2023.

Will I eventually end up working in Australia, New Zealand or Singapore? Or maybe somewhere else? Who knows! The future is so uncertain, yet so exciting, and I honestly can’t wait for the new year to come.

Previously, I did not allow myself to dream and think about what kind of doctor I wanted to become. What to specialise in, or practice. How could I do that when I was not even accepted into Medical School? But right now, everything has changed. Now, I have been allowing myself to dream. Dreaming about what I wanted to become, researching and learning as much as I can about them. Should I go into General Practice and become a family doctor? Surgery? Anaesthesiology? Oncology etc? So many to choose from!

I still have so much to learn and experience, and now is still way too early to decide on one. But I sincerely think that it would be a good idea to start thinking and considering what to choose in the future when I am able to choose. If you have read my previous posts, or know the reasons why I wanted to become a doctor, you’d know that my interest has always been toward cancer and how we as healthcare providers would be able to treat and help patients get rid of this terminal and often life-threatening disease. Recently, I have been toying with the idea of going into General Surgery, with the aim to specialise in Surgical Oncology. Of course, this is not for certain. I find many other aspects of medicine such as Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesiology, Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery all really interesting as well! I guess i’ll have to wait till my rotations till I get a better idea. But how exciting is this?? Being finally able to think and choose about all these, I feel so incredibly privileged to have been given this chance and opportunity to study and become a doctor. I know that it will not be easy at all, with long hours, inadequate sleep, fatigue, etc. But I sincerely believe that I have been called into this profession, and that nothing else will be as fulfilling and satisfying.

Also, I have been watching so many videos on Youtube about Medical School and ‘A day in the life of a junior doctor/medical student/surgeon etc’, and have been contemplating whether I should start something to document my journey through this so that other people who are thinking about joining this profession will be able to have a clearer picture and better idea about what all these entails. I would really like to be able to start some kind of side hustle whilst in Medical School. If you guys have any thoughts, do let me know in the comments sections below!

In Health,

Paul Chong

I can’t wait till school starts!!

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