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How do I know if I should aim at being a physical therapist or if I should try for med school?

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Kimberly’s Answer

Hey There!
I think it is important to research the pros and the cons to both career choices. There may be things that you feel strongly about and absolutely want while working in that field, while other things might not be so important. Making a pros and cons list will allow you to see what you like and dislike for the job but also allow you to determine which career gives you the what you consider to be the most important. For example I love my job at Arby's and would love to advance. I stay with my job instead of going somewhere else for more money because my daily environment is more important then they money. Keep an open mind but make sure to choose the best fit for you.
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Shannon’s Answer

what do you want to spend your time doing? if it's helping patients heal up by guiding them through exercises, go for PT. you can work in a PT office, hospital, nursing home or athletic team training (pro, college etc). you eventually have to get a Doctorate degree for most jobs.
you can also become a PT assistant if you want to go to school for only 2 years. you could do that job forever, or use it to pay for the BS and doctorate degrees. you get to teach patients how to do their exercises properly so they get better. when someone gives you credit for helping them recover function of a limb & their normal life, it's very rewarding.
If you want to see patients with other kinds of problems too (heart, diabetes,...), do surgery, and generally go a lot deeper into every aspect of the body & how it works, then go for your MD or DO (covered elsewhere on this website). this is no better or worse than the PT role, just a different part of the team.
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Safwan’s Answer

Hi Kobi!

I would definitely recommend finding internships or jobs in both fields or volunteering at either location to help aid your decision making. Somethings we can't be sure of until we're in the room and understand the day to day vibe of the work. The requirements and work put in are of course important, but if you can't stand the workplace in a smaller position, then it would be way tougher to take on the workplace as your preferred job.
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Kimberly’s Answer

I recommend researching both. Create a pros and cons list of each field and determine which items from the list are more valuable to you. There could be more items on the pros side you enjoy rather than the list from the medical school list. Researching is the first major step into figuring out which field interests you more. When researching too, reach out to individuals from both professionals for further information and an additional perspective into their day to day tasks. This will help you with that pros and cons list along with making a new connection!
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