Many directions you can go as a medical doctor
Dr. Pamela Hudson is a Medical Doctor Resident currently working at Prince County Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
She earned a Bachelor of Science at Mount Allison University and a Masters in Health Promotion at Dalhousie University before going to medical school for four years at Memorial University in Newfoundland & Labrador.
Dr. Hudson is doing her residency training through Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine.
“After my undergraduate degree, I wrote the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The test takes seven to eight hours to write.”
Dr. Hudson says medical schools accept people with a liberal arts degree, music degree, or other non-science undergraduate degree.
Some schools look at extracurricular activities as much as marks from previous education. “Also, I have seen people in their 40s attend medical school.”
Many areas of specialization
She is working towards a career in family medicine. Other medical specializations include, but are not limited to:
- Internal Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
“Family medicine is a two-year residency,” she says. “Other residencies take up to eight years.
“I chose family medicine because I like the idea of following a patient from the time they are born through adulthood. Within family medicine, there are further areas to specialize in. I am planning to focus on addictions medicine.”
Other examples of family medicine specialization:
- Hospital Medicine
- Medical Research
- Palliative Care
- Sports Medicine
Day in the life
Her work day starts at a hospital at 7:30 am visiting patients. “By mid morning, I am back at the clinic seeing patients and doing paper work. My work week ranges from 40 to 80 hours.
“Once I become a Medical Doctor, I am required to complete a set number of hours of continuing education every two months with online learning, attending conferences, or doing presentations.”
For more information on the MCAT, go to the Association of American Medical Colleges website www.aamc.org and search MCAT.