I'm a MS4, struggled through medical school all the way ( the academics, the long hours, the pesstimistic environment and mindset of many of the doctors I work with). I would have to say it was the most miserable 4 years of my life. I don't have any debt at this point and by the time I graduate I won't have any debt, as all my med school was paid for by my parents. I know most people in med school have a large debt and that forces them to go ahead and continue on to residency so that they can start to pay off their loans and be able to completely pay them off after completing residency. I just wonder how many Medical students here would choose not to go into residency if they didn't have any debt and could find something else they wanted to do. If I had the chance to do it again knowing what I do now, I would not have done it. Right now, I'm contemplating walking away from medicine all together. And I really don't have anything holding me back except maybe a what other people would think. I'm not married, I don't have any kids, I don't have any debt. I'm not too attached to anyone, so I could move anywhere in the country I wanted to for school or a job. I'm pretty much free with no strings attached to me. And my parents told they would pay for me to go back to school if thats what i needed to do. How many people here would change their mind and decide not to go to residency if they didn't have financial restraints or family depending on them or were in my situation?