`So ruky, wanted to ask u, do
u find it hard to concentrate
on the uni stuff and IT at the
same time? That might help me.`
This is a question I got from a friend of mine who’s going to start medicine in near future, who is equally interested in computing like I am.
Well, to be honest I don’t even know what the hell I’m doing. In my medical college I’m the only one who is interested in computing like this. When they’re on vacation they study, while I spend my time learning something new in computing. I spend time on hacker news as much as I spend my time in my medicine books. When my friends only read medicine and nothing else.
Most of the time it frightens me, the fact that I’ll ruin at both medicine in being a doctor and suck in computing. Specially when I look at my friends who’re spending their time on learning medicine.
But then again learning programing and stuff about computing is more than a hobby for me. It’s like way to take my mind away from static medicine with cramping books to learning and doing something new that’s more innovating.
That being said the future of doing medicine is not as easy as it’s now. Our lecturers all time say being just a doctor will not be enough. As the number of doctors of the country increase every year, the only way to be ahead of the rest of them is to do some postgraduate stuff and be a specialised doctor of some field. So although computers and medicine might seem like am unusual match today but might be helpful in future. You never know.
Another thing is the fact that not so distant in the future they are going to start medical engineering courses in the country. Although it has existed in the world for so long medical engineering has been there in other countries for a long time. What medical engineering basically is that you’ll do medicine in a medical faculty like ours and do engineering at a faculty like Moratuwa at the same time. So when they pass out they know both medicine and engineering. I know this cause our medical faculty was selected as the medical faculty to do medical engineering but the opportunity was given to Colombo because colombo is more closer to Moratuwa where the students will learn engineering.
So who knows just having a medical degree won’t just be enough in the future. So I’d say if you think you can do both just do it. Nothing you learn will go in vein.
I know all this things I’ve said above is not enough for anyone to stop going in the well run path of a doctor and concentrate on two things at once. I’m not doing splendidly well at medical college I’m also not bad at it either looking at the performance of students who do only medicine. But, it’s just my view of things. I might definitely be wrong. Who knows?
I’m happy the fact that my parents always encourage me to do both. They always tell me why not do both. When it comes my friends most of them don’t know that I’d doing both. I just keep it under the radar, cause I know most of them will think I’m seriously out of my mind.
At the end of the day I hope that what Steve Jobs once said will be right. That you have to believe in what you’re doing today. That no matter how unusual things may look like today, someday in future the dots will connect and everything will fall into place. You cannot connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking back.