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Pakistan’s obsession with Medical

Having a medical degree is ridiculously valuable in Pakistan. Even though this kind of obsession is common in many homes, its negative impact is rarely discussed or recognized. The pressure to do well on entrance exams for medical school is not just intellectual; there are also social pressures to meet. In many families, girls are taught that becoming a doctor is the only way to be successful and respected. Students who do well in school are pressured to go to medical school. If they make it, they are praised, but if they fail, that’s it for them.

Thousands of Pakistani students take these lengthy tests to get into one of the country’s many prestigious medical schools. Not to make a big deal out of it, but they try again after failing the entrance exam. They try over and over again until they succeed or give up. During this ordeal, they lose many productive years. A student in Quetta is the prime example of such a phenomenon. He tried to get into Bolan Medical College (BMC) in Quetta, Pakistan, four times, but he failed the entrance exam each time. He wasted time and money in Quetta on coaching programs. Even though it is possible to finish college in this extended amount of time, the student’s intense interest in medicine ended up hurting him more than helping him. He is not the only student who has failed entrance exams more than once; many other students have done the same.

These are brilliant and inspiring examples of people who didn’t give up, but they also show that not everyone is cut out for medical school (MBBS). Pakistani parents are known for not taking “no” for an answer, so it’s not unusual to see kids working long hours to finish the first part of something they didn’t want to do. And if they fall, despair and hopelessness will be with them all the time, making them upset and, in the worst cases, leading them to harm themselves. 

Women in Pakistan would be seen wandering in white coats if it were up to the general public. Medical schools are producing physicians at a rate that exceeds the capacity of the nation’s hospitals. These parents are still set on making housebound physicians. They give up much money for the illusion of prestige that a medical degree provides.

It will take time to eliminate the cultural bias against women who want to work in fields that men have traditionally dominated. It will take longer to rid society of beliefs of strong reputations or success centered entirely on medicine. But starting in elementary school, students’ interests in the arts, media, sciences, and finance may be tracked so their potential in these fields can be better figured out. Then, students could focus less on the roles society wants them to play and more on their interests.

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