Should I consider another career? SEVEN YEARS of med school/ residency. That's 7 years of a short life. 7 years of (very) high stress and a high level of student debt. 4 years I could stomach. Every time I think of applying the thought SEVEN YEARS AND DEBT gives me a queasy feeling, like I'm about to take out a loan to sign up for the jail library. Sure in 10 I could (hopefully) have my dream job (some caveats, it won't work out perfect), be making a great wage (spending a majority of my time working). How do you deal with the prospect of this time commitment?