Quote from FLAgal14
Well let's see... I got into med school last year and decided not to go for various reasons:
1) The cost of the programs: I had nightmares about being nearly $300,000 in debt by the time I was done with school - plus the cost of just applying,interviewing, deposits and that stupid MCAT
2) My age - I'm 27 (which isn't too old to go to med school) - but I also want to start a family and I don't know how well that would've worked with finishing residency around 35-36, being $300,000 in debt and having no time to spend with the kids and husband which leads into #3 ....
3) Quality of life - yes being a doctor is glamorous and you can make a lot of money - but there is the headache of the "business" of medicine - running a practice, paying overhead, dealing with insurance companies, paying for staff...and then paying the bills/supporting the family (and paying off that $300,000 debt). It just seems like that there is not much of a quality of life in both med school, residency and as a doctor. I have a friend who just started med school this fall and is only three weeks into school and she's already having panic attacks - and talking to her makes me feel so much better about my decision to not go to med school.
There were a lot of other reasons - but I got really cold feet about it - which signaled to me that maybe it wasn't the best career choice for me.
It all really depends on your specialty. The R.O.A.D (Radiology and Rad/Onc, Ortho, Anesthesiology, and Derm) are doing quite well. $300 g is really running on thehigh side. the average med school debt is around $150K-180K including all the expences, not only tuition. There are many options for MD/DO as well with loan repayments, paid malpractce, and huge bonuses. It all depends on location. Things are drying up all across the board, and they are affecting all of us in the healthcare field. There is plenty of misery to go around for mid-levels too. Having said this...I honestly respect ppl's choices to go or not to go to the medical school, albeit if it is for the right reasons. Going to NP or the PA school is not a short cut for wanting to become a doctor. Sure you could do the same things, especially in IM and FP type of pactices. I've started med school at 34, had to stop for health problems , but am back now at 36. I'm an RN as well, and thought of FNP track long and hard. But I just couldn't ge "what if?" out of my head. With medical school there is no way to know for sure if it's right fit for you or not until you pretty much done with it and are in debt up to your ears. Thus, misery for many folks who found out that being a doctor these days is not that glamourous. After all it's just a job just like any other, but the responsibility is ennormous. Yet, if this is what you really, really want to do, not because, but rather despite everything that goes on in medicine, you will never be happy. I've met so many RNs, PAs, NPs, PTs, Chiros,, ppl from investment banking, IBM top notch programmers...you name it. It's not like they needed a job. Most of the problems are with the sculls full of mush young premeds, who go to med school steight from college. Basically they don't know what they don't know, and when they do it's too late with all the debt and years down thetube.
Anyway, congrats to all of you who know what you want in life. I still don't, and it's driving me nuts.