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Bartending during med school

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by Falco2525, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. Falco2525

    Falco2525 5+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2006
    Anyone bartend at night or part time while in their first 2 years of medical school? Is it possible? Maybe only on weekends?
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  3. mudphudwannabe

    mudphudwannabe Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2004
    It might be possible, but I'd strongly recommend against it. You're going to have enough to worry about once med school starts. Personally, in my free time I'd prefer to be sleeping, relaxing, or spending time with friends and family rather than working. If bartending is a fun and relaxing thing for you, then you might be able to swing it if your boss is really understanding. Will they be ok with you only doing 1 weekend night a week? What if you're really stressed out about an exam on Monday -- will you be able to get off work?

    If you're worried about money, don't be. Whatever you make bartending is only going to be a drop in the bucket when it comes to loans. You'd probably make much more working full time in the summer, anyway, if you get summers off. You'll be making much more later in your career, so for right now I'd focus on med school and keeping yourself sane.

    Good luck, whatever you decide!
  4. Agreed.
  5. Droopy Snoopy

    Droopy Snoopy 7+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    The Alamo
    :thumbup: Say you spend 15 hours a week bartending part-time. That's 15 hours a week less studying, sleep, or free time. What does that translate into? 1 or 2 fewer ECs? A 5 or 6 point drop on exams? Miss out on a research opportunity? A few points on the Step? Probably different for everybody, but cumulatively these things might mean a specialty you like being out of reach, or the difference between one that pays well vs. one that doesn't. You'll look pretty dumb having to go into family practice instead of anesthesia, a lifetime earnings differential of oh I don't know a couple of million maybe, for an extra 8 grand as an M1. Although it's not unheard of to work during med school, it's generally the people who have some advanced training (like nursing) or a special talent (like modeling). Not many med students are dumb enough to sacrifice time to work at Burger King for $7 bucks an hour. At least give it a couple of exam blocks to figure out what kind of time commitment you're capable of giving before making a decision. You don't want to dig yourself a hole and then have to crawl out of it.
  6. Gimlet

    Gimlet Cardiac Anesthesiologist 10+ Year Member

    Nov 29, 2004
    :laugh: :laugh: talent...:laugh:
  7. Dakota

    Dakota Senior Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2005
    Once I saw the words special talent I wasn't thinking "modeling" was where the poster was going.

    Or maybe that's just what they're calling it these days.
  8. Droopy Snoopy

    Droopy Snoopy 7+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    The Alamo
    When you think about it models, strippers, prostitutes, they're all sex workers really. The cumulative difference between an Abercrombie model, a Victorias Secret model, a Playboy model, a Penthouse model, a porn star, and that transvestite hooker I picked up last weekend (wait, I mean uh...) isn't all that much. What I meant was some job that is in some way unique but doesn't require education, certification, etc. while at the same time being distinct from the run-of-the-mill college sophomore type weekend job.
  9. Kind of a big difference there depending on how said models justify what they do. I'm critical of the industry, too, but still.

    Modeling VS's latest and greatest is one thing. Sucking some guy off in his car because he has $20 and a disdain for his current relationship (or lack of such) is another.
  10. Falco2525

    Falco2525 5+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2006
    thanks for the advice! I think i will stick with studying.
  11. Hey....lacking a clinically detectable gag reflex is a laudable talent in a girl :laugh:
  12. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    Many of my classmates would spend more time with you as a bartender than they would sitting in lecture.
  13. indo

    indo Feed me a stray cat 7+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2002
    If you tend one day per week it actually takes up more than just the time you are working. For example, if you work friday night you'll finish at 3 or 4 AM. That means that you'll probably sleep until 2pm or so. Then the next night when you try to go to sleep at 10pm you'll lay in bed for hours because you've only been awake 6 hours.
  14. Toohotinvegas33

    Toohotinvegas33 Currently Glasgow 3 7+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Penal Colony
    There is a student from Western U's DO program I see and talk to often at the UNLV library in Vegas. He flies out on friday to work as a bouncer at the clubs for fri and sat and studies during the day then flies bad home on sunday.
  15. SelflessAct

    SelflessAct kickin' it 2+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2006
    durty souf
    I think your "easier" rotations and time off during 4th year are your best bet if you really want to bartend that badly. Still, though...why do you want to bartend? It looks fun but it's actually kinda stressful and time-consuming. You'd be better off vacationing and doing those things you won't get to do for a looooong time after residency begins.
  16. osin83

    osin83 Strung Out 5+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Northern New Jersey
    hmmmm.... curious math
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