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I"m just wondering if its all that its cracked up to be...

is it worth the sweat/tears/blood?
 

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Sure it is m8...just dont get married or have kids and your solid gold
 

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yes. yes. yes.
just like in Grey's Anatomy-the most realistic depiction of reality.

I hear soon they'll start giving CME credits for watching it:rolleyes:
 

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I think the general consensus is that the main reason you are going into medicine is for glamor you will be very disappointed. It's safe to say that if you are serious about it you most likely have a passion for the sciences and an extremely rare quality of work ethic.
 

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I"m just wondering if its all that its cracked up to be...

is it worth the sweat/tears/blood?

Well that would depend on you, now, wouldn't it? I don't think it's possible to answer this question generically. I don't think it's a pot of gold, if that's what you mean. Don't do it for the potential for glory, because you then set yourself up for potential disappointment. Do it because you genuinely think you'd like the job; because you've researched it and tried it out for size as best you could, and there's no other job you'd rather do, after all that.
 

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*sigh* This makes the case for shadowing/clinical experience. MD's work like dogs, get paid a reasonable amount (depending on specialty), and it's only worth it if you love it. My clinical experience made me realize that if my mind and soul didn't ache for medicine as it does, I'd be an idiot to want to be a doctor. If you want glamor, look elsewhere.
 

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I"m just wondering if its all that its cracked up to be...

is it worth the sweat/tears/blood?

Full-filling-maybe. Money-some. Status-sometimes. Glamor-um this is the only profession that comes to mind that I routinely have to tell someone to remove their drawers so I can stick a finger up their rectum (hmmm another profession comes to mind now, but I don't even want to draw parallels). If you wanna live Grey's Anatomy go in to acting.
 

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I'll tell you, hanging with actresses, supermodels, and the intelligentsia while making millions of dollars takes a lot of work. The rigors of med school will prepare you well for such a life.:p
 

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I have only met a few people in medicine with very glamorous lives, they have tended to cluster in three groups.

1. People with high-paying jobs in incredibly competitive specialties. The cosmetic plastic surgeon comes quickly to mind. The problem here is that the road to glamour is harder than the average medical student wants to do. By this I mean that these people have to work like dogs in school/residency to get into this position.

2. People in non-competitive specialties that have worked out ways to get paid a ton of money. These people, in my limited experience, are usually the ones that will correct a checker at the grocery store for calling them "Mr. Smith."

3. Sanjay Gupta, MD. An enviable figure by any measure but one could argue that he is firmly in group #1.
 

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Are you talking Feynman glamorous or Mehmet Oz glamorous?
 

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wait? Are you people serious? It's not about the glamor?

Well, I'm turning down my acceptance and going to apply to an i-banking position
 

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Any job that involves regularly inserting your finger into someone's anus isn't a glamorous job. Porn or otherwise.
 
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I"m just wondering if its all that its cracked up to be...

is it worth the sweat/tears/blood?

Hey. Being an Emergency Physician is kind of cool but I wouldn't exactly call it glamorous unless, of course, you think sticking your fingers up some 95-year-old ladies rear to pull out impacted stool is glamorous. The posters on this thread are not kidding about that. I had to do it last night and, no matter how often I do it, it still makes me gag.
 
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*sigh* This makes the case for shadowing/clinical experience. MD's work like dogs, get paid a reasonable amount (depending on specialty), and it's only worth it if you love it. My clinical experience made me realize that if my mind and soul didn't ache for medicine as it does, I'd be an idiot to want to be a doctor. If you want glamor, look elsewhere.

Hey. Just so you know, you are setting yourself up for a huge disappointment. Your mind and soul may ache for it now but when you finally make it to intern year all that will ache will be your feet and you would gladly, yes gladly and with exuberance, drop the mother****er like a bad habit if you were qualified for anything else that payed as well.

But it is kind of cool being a doctor. My neighbors and friends think Emergency Medicine is a lot cooler than it really is (but it is kind of cool, just not like they think) and I don't tell them otherwise.

(I'm a PGY-3 EM resident, by the way)
 

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    Hey. Being an Emergency Physician is kind of cool but I wouldn't exactly call it glamorous unless, of course, you think sticking your fingers up some 95-year-old ladies rear to pull out impacted stool is glamorous. The posters on this thread are not kidding about that. I had to do it last night and, no matter how often I do it, it still makes me gag.


    Where do I sign up?:biglove:
     

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    It's pretty glamorous.

    I'm totally going to use my MD to meet women. :thumbup:

    3. Sanjay Gupta, MD. An enviable figure by any measure but one could argue that he is firmly in group #1.

    Yeah... Neurosurgery is pretty high paying and competitive. :D

    I love the Gupta vs. Moore CNN debate.
     

    JA Prufrock

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    I'm going to use my MD as an excuse for never having found a woman.
     
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    That's interesting. I've never heard of someone who would intentionally advertise themselves to gold diggers.

    He'll change his mind when he's dishing out alimony and child support.
     

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    Oh, get ready to meet the wrong kind of woman....

    That's interesting. I've never heard of someone who would intentionally advertise themselves to gold diggers.

    Well... you take what you can get. I can't pretend that I have even a little game, because I'm about as smooth as 12 grit sand paper. I figure the wrong kind of woman is probably better than no woman at all. Or maybe not. I'll make sure to draft a prenup soon.
     

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    He'll change his mind when he's dishing out alimony and child support.

    I'll limit myself to two divorces and make sure we don't have kids. :D Maybe I'll have a vasectomy to make sure there are no accidents...
     

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    Well... you take what you can get. I can't pretend that I have even a little game, because I'm about as smooth as 12 grit sand paper. I figure the wrong kind of woman is probably better than no woman at all. Or maybe not. I'll make sure to draft a prenup soon.

    Be careful with that, prenumps don't really hold up in court, at least in California...the moment you mix your assets with your wife, they become her assets as well. Hence why I'm never getting married...why would you want to throw away half of everything you earned over the last 10+ years for a stupid piece of paper that says you're married?
     

    JA Prufrock

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    Be careful with that, prenumps don't really hold up in court, at least in California...the moment you mix your assets with your wife, they become her assets as well. Hence why I'm never getting married...why would you want to throw away half of everything you earned over the last 10+ years for a stupid piece of paper that says you're married?

    You must be a hit with the ladies
     

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    hmmm... I started out being facetious then moved onto being ironic. Neither worked.

    I guess dry humor doesn't work over the internet?
     

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    Be careful with that, prenumps don't really hold up in court, at least in California...the moment you mix your assets with your wife, they become her assets as well. Hence why I'm never getting married...why would you want to throw away half of everything you earned over the last 10+ years for a stupid piece of paper that says you're married?


    Very simple. Establish yourself separately from your wife by not mixing your assets with her. Who cares if people think you're selfish or if you're told "but that's not true love." You can love, but you can't let anyone take advantage of you and the assets you worked for to attain. After all, as soon as you get a divorce, chances are, things will turn out bitter and there will be love after all. Keep everything away from your future wife. I certainly will.
     

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    Hey. Just so you know, you are setting yourself up for a huge disappointment. Your mind and soul may ache for it now but when you finally make it to intern year all that will ache will be your feet and you would gladly, yes gladly and with exuberance, drop the mother****er like a bad habit if you were qualified for anything else that payed as well.

    But it is kind of cool being a doctor. My neighbors and friends think Emergency Medicine is a lot cooler than it really is (but it is kind of cool, just not like they think) and I don't tell them otherwise.

    (I'm a PGY-3 EM resident, by the way)

    I agree...I am an intern and I do not know any other intern in my program or any other who "aches" and "yearns" for medicine. I do indeed wish i could drop it like a bad habit sometimes. Many other residents feel the same way too.

    With that said...it is kinda cool to be a doc sometimes.
     
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