In some cases, students leave med school because there is a conflict as to whose
career goal they are actually fulfilling. Caribbean Medical school requires great
discipline and steals most available free time. If a student is living out the parents’
dream instead of his or her own, the inner conflict can lead to unconscious
Parents dream of their children having lives equal to or better than their own. In some cultures, bright students are expected to study either medicine or engineering.
Students who don’t want to disappoint their parents, or have no plan of their own, may go along with their parents’ wishes initially. Although Caribbean medical school admissions committee members try to discern if it is the student's own desire to go to Caribbean medical school, they can be fooled as a student tries to convince himself or herself that this is the career path he or she wants. If you aren’t sure, you shouldn’t attend. Try something else that you might prefer. The cost, emotionally and financially, is great, and dropping out doesn’t come without disappointing yourself or others.
Medical research is a frequent alternative for students. Multiple students We know have gone that route; some decide Caribbean medical school is what they want for themselves and about half prefer research.
Others have chosen to go into a program to become a physician assistant or nurse practitioner. Just because they achieved a dazzling score on the MCAT doesn’t mean that med school will be their cup of tea. Although they like patients, they may not like the length of time as it finally sinks in – or what they are giving up in their personal lives.
Competition in some med schools is more stressful to some students, and they choose a kinder environment.
Mental Illness or Learning Disorder
A lack of desire to become a doctor isn’t the only reason medical students are
unsuccessful. An untreated or undertreated mental illness – be it an eating
disorder, panic or other anxiety disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder or
other mental illness – can also be a roadblock to success in med school.
Newly discovered or untreated learning disorders also contribute to students dropping out of med school. Students may deny their symptoms or be discouraged by others from seeking help. This is especially true in the first year, and they may wait until it is too late to get help. They may hear comments like, “Everyone is stressed in Caribbean medical school.“
Many students fear that there is a stigma associated with seeing a mental health professional, and some families strongly encourage that thinking. Other students are even afraid to confide in their parents that they have been referred for an evaluation, for fear of disappointing them. This has a snowball effect, with symptoms increasing steadily until the student is no longer able to complete course assignments or report to class.
The student may be able to ask for a leave of absence, but this will not necessarily solve the problem, as the stress of Caribbean medical school will still be there when he or she returns.
The bottom line is that psychological and psychiatric help is needed if the student is to return to school successfully. It is particularly distressing when a student takes a leave of absence and the therapy recommended does not occur, or is initiated half-heartedly because the pressure is off. Sadly, that student can be throwing away his or her dream.
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