Friday, 21 April 2017


        Before we entered medical school, we may have been staunch Christians, perhaps vowed to God that if He gives us admission, we will serve Him like never before. Then we got admission, Yay!!! But we find out we become less strong in our faith. We do not serve as before( vow broken). Going to church is now time-consuming. Worse, some of us lose our faith entirely.Why does this often happen in medical school?

1. Stress: Let's face it, medical school is not easy. We have to cram much within a short time. We have to make good grades to pass MB. For those who have to resit, the course becomes a 'god' that they always think of. Worse still, is the psychological trauma a medic has to face if he/she repeats. We feel so stressed out, we wonder if God is really with us. We may feel like giving up - perhaps in medical school, in God or both.

2. Life crisis: Unfortunately during medical school, we may experience devastating crises that makes us feel abandoned by our friends and God. I heard about a guy who had to repeat, lost his home to fire and then his mother and felt abandoned by his course mates. (What advice can you give to such a person? You can drop your suggestions in the comment box below).

3. Peer pressure: In the university there are many negative influences - bad friends, alcohol, cultism, pornography, drugs. If a medic happens to get involved with such, he/she may condemn him/her self as unforgivable by God and decide to remain there. Yet, no matter our sins,God is always ready to forgive us.

4. Idolatry: From missing fellowships, to missing church, to missing even our personal time with God, medicine then ranks first in our priorities. Gradually, medicine becomes an 'idol'.

So how can we avoid being derailed?
 1. The PPPs: Prayer, personal bible study, people of God( which means joining Christian fellowships or a church).  Medical school may make you feel like you can never have time but when you are determined to make out time for these 3 Ps,you will find the time and will still pass your exams if you read. It could range from few minutes to hours depending on your schedule. Besides, medical school has a funny way of letting you feel you haven't covered enough even when you use all the 24 hours in a day.

2. Be yourself: No matter how our peers may want to cajole us into doing the wrong things we should always take our stand on what we know is right just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Eventually such people would let us be even if they may criticise us.

3. Ask for help! : If you are feeling depressed, losing your faith or in need of help, please meet someone you can rely on( friend, family, church/fellowship member, CMDA). Don't feel like a failure or ashamed to ask for help.

4. Have fun!: Smile, laugh, play - just give yourself a break before you break down.    

       Above all, we are God's children. Medicine will end one day but God and His word will always remain. So let's care for our souls and faith as we would care for our patients one day.          

3 John 1:2: "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."


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