Deciding to Go Into Medicine
One of the most common questions I get is, ‘how did you know medicine was right for you?’ or ‘how did you decide you wanted to be a doctor?’. Well the truth is, I am still figuring it out. Every day I discover new reasons why medicine is the right career path for me… and I also learn things about medicine that I don’t like. However, this is how it is going to be in almost every career field out there.
It can be scary to commit to something so big… like studying medicine for 12+ years and becoming half a million dollars in debt. You definitely want to get some kind of experience in the medical field before you go to medical school, but you will never truly know what it is like to go through medical school and become a doctor unless you actually do it.
Making the Most Out of It
I am a firm believer in making the most out of what is put in front of you in life. If you decide to go to medical school, make the most out of your decision. There will be times when you don’t feel like all the schooling is worth it, but you have to have hope that it will be worth it. Find ways to still enjoy other things you love, and understand that medicine does not have to be your whole life.
All that being said, I went through a lot of trial and error before I finally decided that I wanted to be a doctor. I definitely have a lot of other interests outside of medicine. Shadowing doctors and volunteering in the hospital helped me solidify my decision.
Check out my latest post on the Merck Manual Med Student Stories to learn more about how I decided to go to medical school.
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