• Funniest Story on the Job Contest Starts Now!

    Contest starts now and ends September 27th. Winner will receive a special user banner and $10 Amazon Gift card!

    JOIN NOW
  • Site Updates Coming Next Week

    Site updates are coming next week on Monday and Friday. Click the button below to learn more!

    LEARN MORE

Career advice

CaffineDoc24

Full Member
May 14, 2020
57
24
11
  1. Pre-Medical
Hey guys. So up until now I was pursuing medicine. After a rigorous SMP and a gap year, I have been reconsidering it. I realized that although I want a job where I can work with people, use science, and be my own boss, the inherit extremely high level of stress in medical education and as a doctor may not be for me. From moving every couple of years, to matching, to residency itself, to the high hours doctors work, less (but of course there is some some) time for stuff outside of medicine (dating, hobbies, exercise, quality travel, family time etc) and dealing with life or death decisions. I know different specialties may have more or less of each. But who knows what specialty I’ll be able to match into. Although I have an interest, but not an overt “passion” for medicine, I feel like these cons might outweigh the pros. Part of me just wants a job that has the above qualities, but in the end of the day is a job and doesn’t consume my life.

As a result, I have been considering dentistry. I know we’re all different, and no one can tell me what to do. Just want to know if you guys think my worries are warranted, and if in your opinion dentistry may be more for me. Again, I have some interest for dentistry (but possibly a little less than medicine from a scientific perspective), but there seems to be less sacrifice and stress to even that out. I’m young (24), and probably naive. As older adults, I would love to hear your perspectives about my concerns and if they may change over time. (In the US btw)
 
D

deleted804295

Hey guys. So up until now I was pursuing medicine. After a rigorous SMP and a gap year, I have been reconsidering it. I realized that although I want a job where I can work with people, use science, and be my own boss, the inherit extremely high level of stress in medical education and as a doctor may not be for me. From moving every couple of years, to matching, to residency itself, to the high hours doctors work, less (but of course there is some some) time for stuff outside of medicine (dating, hobbies, exercise, quality travel, family time etc) and dealing with life or death decisions. I know different specialties may have more or less of each. But who knows what specialty I’ll be able to match into. Although I have an interest, but not an overt “passion” for medicine, I feel like these cons might outweigh the pros. Part of me just wants a job that has the above qualities, but in the end of the day is a job and doesn’t consume my life.

As a result, I have been considering dentistry. I know we’re all different, and no one can tell me what to do. Just want to know if you guys think my worries are warranted, and if in your opinion dentistry may be more for me. Again, I have some interest for dentistry (but possibly a little less than medicine from a scientific perspective), but there seems to be less sacrifice and stress to even that out. I’m young (24), and probably naive. As older adults, I would love to hear your perspectives about my concerns and if they may change over time. (In the US btw)
From the concerns you listed medicine does not seem like a right fit for you. There has to be a passion and if the passion isn't there then medicine isn't worth all the sacrifices.

We have a pre-dent forum on SDN and I think they might be better equipped to answer if dentistry is a right fit for you.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 2 users
About the Ads
This thread is more than 1 year old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.