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What can I do to help me decide whether I should apply to medical school after college?

I'm conflicted on whether I want to pursue a medical career. I am very interested in neuroscience, but I also love environmental science. Is there anything I can do to make decision-making easier? #medschool #doctor #neurocience #environmental-science

Thank you comment icon Hi there! I believe the real question here is where do you see yourself in a couple of years. Medical profession is not just about interest in subjects, it also requires to have a zeal to work hard and work selflessly for others. It is a long and tiring journey and it's very hard if you don't have this end goal in mind as a motivation. On the other hand, many people go through this journey and successfully end up on the other side with flying colors. So take your time to decide and take the decision with 100% dedication. Roopvir Kaur

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Cindy’s Answer

I would suggest shadowing a couple professions, such as a neurology doctor and whatever profession you would pursue with an environmental science degree. Also, the amount of schooling involved in each - a medical degree takes a long time to complete plus a residency, you're not guaranteed a residency in neurology. However, don't let amount of school scare you - if neurology is something you want then go for it! I find it amazing and work with Neuro-optometrists that specialize in patients with traumatic brain injuries. Very rewarding work!

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Vickie’s Answer

Hi Marie!

Making the decision to go to medical school is definitely one that takes a long time to consider. When I was making the decision to go to medical school, I asked myself if I could see myself in any other position that wasn't the physician. Nowadays, saying you want to go to medical school to help people just won't cut it - nurses help people, physician assistants help people, hospital janitors help people - all are essential to medicine. You need to decide for yourself why specifically will going to medical school achieve your goals. Decide what your motivation is and see if choosing medical school will help you accomplish what it is you want out of life. It is a long and arduous process but, if there is one thing I've learned going through med school, it's that it absolutely flies by and will be incredibly rewarding at the end.

I think the biggest thing you can do to help yourself is to reach out to those in medicine (whether its doctors, nurses, techs, PAs) and individuals in environmental sciences, and see what their day to day is like. Try to shadow them if you can to get a better idea about their jobs. See what they love about their work and what they don't like about their work. Ask them why they chose their profession and if they would choose it again.
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