I've just been diagnosed with moderate scoliosis and it's more likely to progress rather than stay dormont. It causes me great difficulty and pain to walk, stand, and even lay down. That being said I want to be a doctor with every fiber of my being, I also don't really want to go into research. With the demands of residencies, do you think it's still possible? Are there possibilities of accommodations being made since I cannot stand for more than 20 minutes? Thanks in advance.
Before jumping into the conversation regarding residency, or even med school, I want to just encourage you to continue to take care of yourself and improve your health as much as possible. It’s a tough situation and I hope whatever can be done will be done for you!
That said, during the first and second years of med school, we do a LOT of sitting. Sitting in lecture, primarily. Even during gross anatomy, you’ll be able to grab a chair or a seat. My concern leans more towards the third and fourth year of med school, particularly because during rotations it is hard on the body. You would have to talk to your med school up front about accommodations, and yes, starting even during the first year of med school.
There are residencies that are physically demanding, such as radiology or pathology. However, radiology still has an interventional radiology portion which requires doing procedures and pathology does require looking into microscopes which could cause you to hunch over for long periods of time.
Although your scoliosis is likely to progress, there are treatments like braces, medical pain relief, and surgery if it is that severe. Before progressing on to med school, I would first get an idea from your physicians a) what progression is going to be like (10 minutes or less of standing? trouble breathing? etc.) and what interventions are available to you to manage your scoliosis. Have a good health game-plan, reliable physicians on your side, and a good support system intact before proceeding.