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Of all the areas of study why pick medicine?? How much is the work load compared to other major areas?? Do you think that the effort you put in is qorht it.

The study area of medicine is really hard, and I would to know whether or not it is worth it to pick this area of study. #medicine #pre-med

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James’s Answer

hi juliet,

here's the problem with your question. you are only seeing one side of the equation, the effort that is required. the other side of the equation is what you personally get out of that effort.

unfortunately, at your young age you are unlikely to have any idea how to measure that.

so here's my suggestion for you to get a bit of perspective. go to your local library and read a good book about Florence Nightingale. after reading that, ask yourself whether her lifetime of efforts were worth it? hint: there's not one answer to that question. only you will be able to give the correct answer for yourself.

good luck!

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Estelle’s Answer

I picked medicine because many members of my family are in the medical field, and I saw that they had worthwhile and satisfying jobs. In today's economy, it's reassuring to know that a medical education will get you a good job. It is not without sacrifices (time, sleep, recreation) , but the job security is comforting. I am very glad that you are asking this question because you want to know why people choose a field that is difficult and stressful and requires so many years of education and training. I have practiced gynecology for 30 years and cannot imagine a more fulfilling and fun job.

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Richard’s Answer

It is absolutely worth it. There are a lot of long hours studying in the library followed by long hours in the hospital, but it is a fulfilling career. There are so many opportunities after medical school... different specialties appeal to different individuals. There are so many types of physicians. Broadly there are family practice doctors, internal medicine and its subspecialties, and surgery with its subspecialties. There are also physicians that don't fit in these such as psychiatry, radiology, pathology , physical medicine/rehabilitation.

Or you can follow a nonclinical route in research or even hospital administration.

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Rachel’s Answer

Yes, if you want to participate in the medical field, the work is worth the sacrifice. If you want to be a physician, the work starts in college. Any 4 year university should be able to provide you with all of the premed requirements (1 year biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry). Once accepted to medical school, as long as you pass your classes and perform reasonably well during your four years of medical training, you can apply for a 3- 5 year residency. Following that, you may also apply for a fellowship for additional training. It can be a long, but fulfilling road.