Is it worth putting in all the time and effort to become a doctor?
I am a junior in highschool and I am considering different career paths and am curious to what it is like, and if it is worth it to become a doctor, specifically a pediatrician. #doctor #medicine #pediatrics
Best of luck!
Yasemin recommends the following next steps:
You could be in private practice, teach in an academic setting or join a hospital based staff or a group of like minded pediatricians.
We will always be in need of pediatricians, so you will have job security.
AND, if you get interested in some subspecialty, you can do further training in a Fellowship after you finish med school and a residency.
For instance, let's say you get really interested in neuroscience and find you have a passion for helping families struggling with autistic children. You could create your own company, have job flexibility and still be offering service. You can be creative and structure both professional and personal time.
Go for it!
Jane recommends the following next steps:
I hope to offer some advice about becoming a doctor, specifically a pediatrician. I am currently a medical student, planning to specialize in pediatrics!
Some things that helped me confirm I wanted to do this was my experiences working with kids. In my college days I worked as a behavioral technician working and tutoring children with autism spectrum disorder. Being able to collaborate with different medical providers such as psychiatrists, nutritionists and speech therapists made me realize that there is a lot of collaboration for health care needs of pediatric patients. I think this holistic approach towards pediatric medicine is very interesting and I could continue to learn from other health care team members.
In addition, I worked with kids as a soccer coach, tutor, volunteer at schools. I have enjoyed my interactions at these experiences and get along well with kids of all ages so I decided this was the route for me!
Hope this helps
Worth is going to be determined by you. Yes, it is going to require a lot of time and effort to become a doctor no matter what. Worth is determined by you and your passion for what you are doing. If you are not passionate about becoming a doctor right now, then most likely it will not be worth all the time and effort you will have to put in. I definitely recommend thinking about why you want to be a doctor and if it is truly something you want to do for the rest of your life.