What are some things that you considered before entering the Medical Field?
I'm currently a medical assistant and scribe, and I am applying to medical school this cycle. You sort of specified in your post what field in medicine you're interested in, but I'll speak to my personal experience and hopefully some of my thoughts and considerations are helpful! I'll categorize them by "positive" and "negative" considerations, but of course that's subjective so take it with a grain of salt :)
-People: This is an amazing field if you enjoy working with people. This statement isn't solely in reference to patients either. You get to collaborate with other healthcare professionals often as well.
-Opportunities: This is one of the most attractive aspects of medicine to me personally. There are a lot of supplemental things that seem to work really well with a career in medicine, such as teaching, research, healthcare policy, community involvement, public health work, and administration. Many medical schools offer dual degrees (such as MD/MBA, MD/MA Bioethics, MD/JD, MD/PhD)
-Options: There are a lot of different fields you can specialize in, some accompanied by extra training such as a fellowship.
-Cost: Medical school is incredibly expensive and is a cost in addition to undergrad. Contrary to public perception, physicians do not begin making a ton of money right out of medical school. The compensation for residency is much lower than what is typically considered a "physician's salary". Many people have difficulty with the cost of school and the subsequent debt that follows.
-Work-life balance: Unfortunately, medicine is infamous for a relatively poor work-life balance, particularly during training and sometimes into practice (there are always exceptions). You may have heard conversations about burnout, which is due to a multitude of factors, but this definitely contributes
-Low versatility: Unlike nurses or PAs, doctors have a much more difficult time transitioning between specialties, particularly due to the amount of training needed. If you are interested in working in multiple different fields throughout your life, medical school may not be the best route to achieve that.
There will be positives and negatives to any career that you choose, but I hope this helps a little! These are just some of the things that I have considered. Again, do take this information with a grain of salt and be sure to talk to different people, particularly those more experienced in the field than I am (I am very far from an expert). Everyone will have a different perspective as well! Best of luck! Let me know if you have any other questions :)
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