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Hey guys, I know this may seem like a stupid question and you might be thinking "well, if you even have to ask this question, its probably not your passion and is not worth it." But, I DO want to become a doctor, however, ONLY as a back up if my main goal does not work out.
I am putting my med school plans on hold for a year or two to pursue my passion. I will not talk about what my number 1 goal and what my #1 dream in life is, because I'd probably get laughed at and you would think I am out of mind.
So my question to you guys: if something happens (lack of motivation/passion, etc) and I decide to stop pursuing my main goal should I even consider med school? I am already in over 50K debt due to college, so if I do go the med school route, I am looking at 200k-300k, easily. I have a passion in health, fitness, and alternative medicine. I am never going to be handing out pharmaceutical prescriptions or be working in a clinic. I would be doing something along the lines of like Dr. Mercola.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Not many ideas are too ridiculous to talk about on this website. We're an open minded group of dudes who follow a dude who sells dick pumps, cialis, and magic green powder.
But only go to med school if you know you're ABSOLUTELY SURE its what you want to do. a lot doctors regret their career choice.
I'm sure you arleady are aware of the process, but i really think med school is going to have you make tons and tons of sacrifices in your 20's. You really need to think about it, and decide if their's anything else you want to take care before moving onto a career in medicine (having fun, girls, sex, debauchery)
Ok, ill stop with the negative side now. The upside is that doctors who enjoy what they do experience immense satisfaction in their life. The ones who truly want to help others in desperate need and not just the money/status, live very happy, satisfying lives.
Med school is damn expensive for sure. But I also think it can be reasonably paid off in a reasonable amount of time as long as you live humbly and avoid purchasing status items like a rolex, big house, super expensive car etc.
The more specialized doctors also make a fuck ton more money than family practice doctors, so its good that you wanna avoid that route haha.
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After working in healthcare for about 4 years, I have to warn you that the VAST, VAST majority of doctors are absolutely miserable.
Jstone may be right about the very small minority that like how things turned out, but almost all doctors regret losing their youth to med school. They also spend 1/3 of their time dealing with insurance companies. That's not an estimate, there was an actual survey done in the US that showed doctors spending literally 1/3 of their working hours talking to insurance companies about problems with payment.
Being a doctor was a great job a few decades ago, but in the current climate it is not an enjoyable life.
I can't find the insurance study, but check this out:
Seems like you're saying you don't really believe in current medicine, so why would you want to even go down that road? Thousands of people are offering alternative health advice without a doctorate degree. Just call yourself an enlightened guru and sell away.
I'm in the same exact boat as you. You do have to realize that your competition for med school are people who have it as their first and only choice as opposed to your second choice.
edit: From wikipedia: "Mercola and colleagues advocate a number of unproven alternative health notions including homeopathy, while promoting anti-vaccine positions"
Then again, you look up to a guy that believes that vaccines cause autism, you should not become a doctor. Go ahead and advertise lies and false hopes to people, as for every placebo effect that helps someone with homeopathy, there is someone who will get seriously sick from not pursuing real treatment.
I was at second year of med school and the sheer volume of studying was too much for me so i decided to get break for one year ... medicine is not my passion it was not my dream to become a doctor ... if ur doing it for money and status and you dont have discipline to study long hours daily dont do it... you will lose time and money as well
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Thanks for all the advice fellas. Either way, I am going to put med school on hold and follow my true passion.
There are no goals attached to anything (with my true passion or med school) and I am ready to turn pour my heart and soul into what I really love and I expect nothing in return.
2016 was the worst and best year of my life. I hit rock bottom with many aspects of my life but at the same time my passion, vigor, focus, and intensity at are an all time high. I am ready to take this risk.
I really don't believe you NEED security in your 20s. I am 23 (turning 24 next month) and this around the age (and decade) where you need to take a risks and see what happens. If shit doesn't work out, oh well I'll still have time to figure things out. At the end of day, as Chris says, failures are okay but regrets are not.
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