I personally,think medicine is a really long journey,more so with post-graduate entry.
It's a career whereby,your family and you must be willing to accept that what you paid for,will eventually be returned.
Let's take for eg,you spent X amount in the 4 years of medical school.You will be able to earn back X amount in the next 5-6years on your own. Eventually,you will become self-sufficient. Definitely,the base downpayment for medical school is high,but it can definitely be alleviated with these financial aids.
This is specific for Duke-Nus only.I think overseas medical schools will not be as nice.
You might want to consider an alternative career option if you can't enter Duke-Nus,as overseas route maybe a little expensive.(if money is a factor of consideration) I am thinking of biomedical research in PhD field as my worst-case scenario.
Thought process> Generally,I always had medicine in my mind during my secondary school days.I wasn't eligible for medicine in undergraduate,but able to get into sciences in NUS.Despite my options of pursuing medicine overseas undergraduate,I wasn't eligible for many of them too.There was only 3 options:1.postgraduate medicine 2.do a foundation year in Australia and try for undergraduate 3.retake As
For me,2 wasn't practical as I might have a chance of failure to get to med school and I will also waste the 1 year of finances there
3 was troublesome as I am not able to regain my previous stamina to retake As,more so when serving national service
So I decided with 1.
Initially,I wanted to apply to overseas to do my undergraduate but I had Nus offer for sciences,which my parents claimed that it was a wasted opportunity if I give that up.
I went to Nus booth and started to understand in greater detail what Duke -Nus is really like,the culture and the admission requisites