Confessions of a semi-doctor: (7) Five things we fight for..


My med-school: Faculty of medicine, Ain Shams University.. Source: Google images.

Med. school is undeniably tough.. You struggle to gain knowledge and marks as well, but when it comes to med-schools in Egypt, well, it’s a whole different story.. It’s not only about coping with unusual loads of stress, but also having to overcome “few” extra obstacles!

  • Welcome to the troop!

A single alumni alone embraces over than 1700 students, yes, and we’re supposed sometimes to attend in one hall! If we get divided into groups, still one professor is supposed to handle a flock of students! Surprisingly, it doesn’t seem to be a major problem here, for in other faculties, it can reach 12000 students per alumni!

  • Where do I learn?

A great percent of the staff don’t really feel like teaching, some may really want you to understand, but they don’t have the skill.. Whether it’s because they’re overwhelmed or because they don’t get sufficiently paid, private lessons is always the answer!

For each subject, pops a doctor or two who have the skill, the patience, and the charisma to teach you the curriculum efficiently, but of course you have to pay A LOT! Unfortunately, this is the trend in here!

  • When Should I study??

Since you have to go to both college (to state your attendance so you don’t lose marks or get expelled), and to the private lessons (to gain the knowledge), you end up spinning the whole day jumping from one place to another (Hint: Cairo’s traffic sucks!), you get no weekends, and when you finally arrive home, you’re too exhausted and so drained that you fall asleep waking up the next day to resume the vicious cycle..

  • What am I supposed to learn?

Medicine of course, but in an academically strict university like mine, we have the heaviest curriculum, the rigid-est and the most extremely unforgiving staff! Everyone has their own rules and they expect you to read their minds.. Sometimes I think they enjoy intimidating us!

  • Where do I end up?

It’s all about your score, the lower it gets, the lesser your chance to find a right job.. Lots of us may stay jobless, not to mention that medical career is one of the least paid in the country.. (I’m not exaggerating!)

P.S. I’m not posting this to complain or resent, I’ve been there for five years and have yet learnt to adapt, it’s a part of being a doctor. I’m just letting you know that it’s unfair to compare us to “Harvard” for instance, ’cause they simply don’t have half the strength or the fighting spirit we have.. 😀