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Originally posted by njbmd
If you withdraw from medical school in good standing, you can return to that school. Plenty of students will take a leave of absence because of circumstances that interfere with their academics. Take an LOA if you just need to sort some things out. While you lose the money for the class time that you have invested, you won't screw yourself academically.
If you are leaving because you hate your school specifically, stick it out until you have completed first and second year and then attempt a transfer after you have passed USMLE Step I. Most schools that accept transfers, will take them (under compelling circumstances) as third year starts.
If you totally find that medical school is not for you, then you are wise to withdraw as long as you are sure that this is what you want to do. I had a good friend in my first year class, that was doing well but decided that he didn't want to work that hard. He is now a very successful clinical psychologist with a Ph.D.
There are no penalties for withdrawing as long as you don't flunk out. If this happens, you will not be eligible to attend another medical school in this country.
Originally posted by Panda Bear
Don't drop out. Don't even contemplate it. Grit your teeth and do your four years even if you don't like it.
Originally posted by StudentX
Consider the medical profession, like an action potential, as an all-or-none venture. In my opinion, surviving and succeeding as a physician requires 1) genuine passion for the PROFESSION in spite of the enormous stresses you face, and 2) superb personal resources to help you manage those stresses. Those who lack both will inevitably drop out. Most will experience intense depression, and some, suicidal ideations. I know med students, interns, and physicians who are on their way out or have already dropped specifically for these reasons. My 40-something UCSF-trained preceptor is already burnt out and about to check out.
So from my experience, one cannot hope to merely "stick it out" in medicine, as no such "medium" level of dedication and survival capacity viable in medicine exists. Those who think they can "just do the job they don't really like and come home and live life", as is truly the case with many other jobs, are very mistaken. For medicine is no mere job. It indeed lives up to its cliches as a "calling", "way of life" and "career demanding passion and dedication of its practitioner."
For the sake of those who are having serious doubts, spoken or unspoken, about their ability to survive the brutality of this profession, consider the following as cardinal signs of trouble for you:
That you are pushing yourself to stay in PRIMARILY because of one or more of the following reasons:
1) you don't want to waste the time/energy/money you've spent to get this far
2) you hope this will all pay off somehow in the end
3) you fear disappointing someone, and this might be yourself
4) you think you have no choice but to stay in medicine.
Any of the above will indicate that you are not passionate enough for medicine, aka not in it for the right motivation, and/or you are not fit to survive its intense demands....all of which will lead inevitably to a spiral of depression, burnout, and dropping out.
So, to those who are contemplating "sticking it out", think twice.