Medicine could be a good fit for you if you are looking for a career that allows you to:
Getting to know yourself -- your goals, aptitudes, personality, interests, and values -- is the best place to begin to answer this important question. Consider using the personal insight tools below to gain clarity and perspective on yourself as a person, as well as potential careers.
Do Your Homework
Although many students enter college wanting to become physicians, most students have little or no knowledge of what is involved in the practice of medicine. Take the time to explore what life as a physician might look like for you.
The national average debt for medical students is more than $100,000, and the cost of tuition continues to rise. While medical education is expensive, it is an investment with a rewarding career and an above average income. If you choose a career in primary care, there are many loan forgiveness and loan repayment program options available. Ninety percent of medical school students incur some type of student loans to finance their education.
Expect to Be Challenged
Medical school admissions committees are looking for students who will be able to keep up with the coursework. Most medical students agree that the amount of material required during the first two years of pre-clinical study is exponentially higher than the workload during undergraduate school. During the third and fourth (clinical) years, there are also physical and psychological demands made by very long hours, hard work, and interaction with patients. Bottom line: It takes a highly motivated individual to pursue a career in medicine.
While all types of physicians are needed to care for the health of the public, primary care physicians are crucial, especially in underserved areas. Primary care physicians uniquely improve health outcomes and reduce costs, helping patients live longer and save money on their health care.
The U.S. health care system now reinforces the need for primary care physicians through the implementation of measures that: