I know that a couple of posters will recognize me from my pseudonym. All I can tell you is if you feel this strongly about podiatry in your first year, RUN don't walk away from the misery that awaits!!!! I had misgivings about podiatry when I matriculated back in 1994. You sound exactly like I did. Frankly, I didn't believe it WAS medical school after about the 1st month. I couldn't believe the stuff I was hearing from everyone. I figured I was stuck even though I was having some serious problems with what I was hearing and also dealing with the constant comparisons betweens pods and MD's/DO's. I kept thinking....well, I'm going to be at least 25k in debt and I don't want to be a salesman again! And, I took all of those pre-med classes, took the MCAT, etc., etc.. Well, now I'm 2.5 years out of my worthless PPMR and I've seen the writing on the wall. I'm currently busting a nut trying to prepare for the MCAT and, hopefully, I'll get into a DO (or less likely) or MD school. I'm one of those DPM's mentioned who is actually starting all over. I could NEVER in my worst imaginations picture myself as a DPM in the next 20 years or so. It'll take me at least 15 years to make a decent living (if ever) and then I'm always going to have that nagging feeling that I'm not really a doctor. I'm sure that this statement is going to rile many, but the fact is that podiatry training is a far cry from MD/DO training. A far cry. What you guys are doing in your 3rd and 4th years and what many of you will do as a "residency" is so far removed from what a real medical student does that you could never call yourselves physicians. And, this is not to say that DPM's don't fill a very necessary niche in the medical world. The fact is, though, that you will never be treated more than a 2nd class citizen. The facts are so numerous it would take me days to list them. Even the stinking military lists DPM's along with other "allied health professionals" like optometrists and physical therapists. I could literally go on and on and on and on (and I know annoy efs to no end), but you need to wake up and liken this podiatry experience exactly what a chiropractic student experiences. How many of us thought about podiatry but nixed the idea because of the suspicion that they aren't "real" doctors and they have to act more like businessman than doctors??? Well, my friend, podiatry is essentially the same. You're a little more advanced in terms of education and rights/priveliges, but the reality is that THERE WILL BE NO JOBS WAITING FOR YOU WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR (LIKELY) WORTHLESS RESIDENCY! You're going to need to be incredibly self-reliant, be able to live on Top Ramen for a good long while, have an endlessly understanding spouse, be completely happy cutting disgusting toenails day in and day out, not do any surgeries for a long while despite your training (I have 3 close friends who finished 2 or 3 year programs and they've YET to cut on someone!), be ready to pay back $1700.00/month in student loans no matter if you have a job or not, not have any recourse to get your loans repaid by the government (called loan repayment programs, which exist for practically all other health professionals EXCEPT PODIATRISTS), be asked all of the time if you are a real doctor, have your dignity tested by hospitals who will require you to get the OK from an ortho surgeon if you wish to do any kind of surgery (and, of course, this is assuming that you ever get ANY priveliges in a hospital since they will require at minimum a PSR from you) etc., etc.. In case you didn't get the gist of this post.... RUN DON'T WALK TO THE NEAREST EXIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!