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Is medical school hard?

I want to be an anesthesiologist but I dont know if going through that many years of school is worth it.

Thank you comment icon I think the hardest thing is to enter a major you don't like or you aren't passionate about. The hardest thing is to work all your life in a major you don't want to. Believe me, every road has difficulties. The choice to come though all these difficulties depends on you and if you like something you will pass through it easily. Ruba Aroudaky

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Lu’s Answer

Have you ever considered Nurse Anesthetist, or Nurse Practitioner, and Physician Assistant program. I recommend you to look into these programs. There are many other types of medical providers. MD and medical school is not the only way. Good luck! Wish you find the most suitable profession.
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Courtney’s Answer

This is a couple of hours of discussion at best. This may not be the answer you seek, but alas here goes:

Medical school is very challenging for most. There is a cliche that sounds something like: "if it were easy everyone would do it."

The purists would say that if you're asking this question ("....I dont know if going through that many years of school is worth it.") then you should look elsewhere. Spare yourself. I might actually agree with that to some degree.

Ideally, medicine is a calling. It is something that you cannot escape. If you DON'T do it, then you're miserable for life. What this means then, is no matter how difficult it is, you are committed. It means you are "all in " as they say.

I used to caution medical students that there are usually really tough days along the way to becoming and being a physician. If you aren't planning on bouncing out of bed the next day to go do it again, then you might need to reconsider things. Now, many would call this extreme. However, it is not meant to be an absolute, but merely food for thought.
The reality is, this profession calls for the utmost dedication and self application. It deserves that from those who are chosen.

Most importantly, we as physicians have 'earned an honor' to take care of our fellow man. That is worth it, all day every day.

That all being said, there are other careers that allow you to spend less time in education and training and still get you to a point where you are providing healthcare. Please remember that no matter what position or title you may or may not hold, it is your duty to be 'at the top of your game' for every patient, every encounter on every day that you are working. Outside of that, there is on-going growth and education that is no less important to delivering appropriate care to the patients.

Hope this helps.
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quintavius’s Answer

To answer that question, YES..... when it comes to the medical field you will have to know about every subject possible. Math,science,technology,biology,social science etc. Being a doctor or nurse is not easy what so ever that is one of the most hardest studies that you can practice. If you do decide to go that rout, do as much research that you possibly can. Best of luck!
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Atul’s Answer

The short answer is YES.
Beyond undergraduate degree you have to very well in the MCAT exams. This is not easy. Once you are admitted you will have to spend 4-6 years including residency and have to work 18 hours a day nonstop.
In case if you do not have means you will incur six-figure student loan debt.
It is a cut throat field where the best of the best get to pick what they want to do. While others will have to do what is left.
I know someone who is 30 years old and still not a full fledged doctor after finishing undergraduate at the age of 22.

You have to be passionate and believe in what you want to do to become a good Dr.
I am not discouraging but stating the reality.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for your response , it helped put things into perspective. Jamie
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