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08-09-2010, 07:54 AM
I've been hearing about a particular University in Poland where a student was harassed out by a large group of students. Is this prone to happening in Irish Universities? How is the population dispersion at the University?

08-09-2010, 09:31 AM
You seem very hung up on this one student being "harassed out" (whatever that means) of a school in Poland. I would think that it might be far more prudent to be concerned if there was a pattern of such activity in a school, rather than one person who left.

This was one person, correct? Bear in mind that there are some people who just cannot handle medical school academically, others who have serious problems in social interactions, and still others who do not have the discipline required to get through. While I am not privy to the details about this person leaving one school in Poland, and I think that some sympathy is likely in order, I also would hesitate to paint the entire institution (or country) because of it.

Finally, the differences between Eastern Europe and Ireland are vast, both culturally and academically. In fact, "vast" is a significant understatement. I would recommend that anyone choosing between these two options select Ireland without hesitation, assuming they can handle the difference in costs.

Mourning Cloak
08-09-2010, 10:31 AM
Medical school is a very stressful process, and being a physician is an extremely stressful profession. The suicide rates of physicians is much higher than that of the general population. This holds true both inside and outside of North America. The suicide rates of medical schools and residents are similarly increased across the board.

Burnout and Suicidal Ideation among U.S. Medical Students ? Ann Intern Med (http://www.annals.org/content/149/5/334.full.pdf+html)

Are some people going to be mean to me in medical school? Sure. Will some of my attendings yell at me? Sure. Am I going to feel stressed? Absolutely. It doesn't matter which medical school you attend - you will face adversity.

The important thing is to prepare for that adversity, and to be honest about your own strengths and weaknesses.

Do I feel prepared to deal with the stress of medical school, residency and practice?
What are my current coping skills to deal with stress?
As these good coping skills? Are they working for me? How can I develop better ones?
Am I maintaining a healthy relationship between my work and the rest of my life?
Am I experiencing excess stress or burn out?
I am confident that I will recognize burn out in myself, and know where to turn for help?

It's like any other endeavor - practice it in your mind, think it through FIRST and it will make it a lot easier to deal with adversity when it appears.

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