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Is it possible to become a doctor and still be home with your family?

My dream is to become an important doctor. I'm just worried that i'd be workong too much that i wouldn't be able to see my husband and kids much. I just don't want to be that type of parent that's always working and never has time for their kids. #doctor #medical-field #medicine #doctors


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Richard’s Answer

During medical school and residency, you won’t be in control of your own schedule which makes family time difficult to obtain. However, after training, you can be in more control and can choose what practice to join based on your needs. You can work less and have more time for family at the cost of making less money and possibly consulting on less interesting cases.

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It is possible, but there are many factors you should consider to make that possible. Depending on your speciality, some doctors might have to go back to the hospital to perform surgeries or deliver babies, so it can take them away from family unexpectedly. Some doctors only work in the office or outpatient setting which makes it easier to have a predictable schedule compared to some doctors who only work in the hospital and are taking care of very sick indidivudals. The great thing about medical school is it gives you an opportunity to learn and get a taste of various fields so you can get a better understanding of what speciality will allow you to achieve the work and family life you desire.


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Estelle’s Answer

Absolutely. I am a gynecologist and I raised 4 children. I worked very hard to dictate my schedule so that I could be at home with my children after school. While having a career and a family is a challenge, it is certainly possible.

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