Ok guys, I am currently doing a post bacc right now taking medical school classes, and everything is going well. However, I got to thinking when i found out about another profession--anesthesiology assistant, which is pretty much a PA in anesthesiology. I got to thinking because as I look at it right now, i won't graduate medical school for another 5 years (2 year post-bacc, 4 years med school). So I'll graduate at age 27. 3-5 years of residency puts me at 30-32, before I start making anything. My thing is I want to find the specialty that makes the most, works the least, and gives me the greatest sense of self-gratification possible, not necessarily in that order. I do value my personal time and personal life, and unless I'm really lucky I'll be working a lot after residency (Ideally, I would work 40-50 hrs). Additionally, I'll probably graduate with somewhere around 200,000 dollars in debt. I don't really want to think how long it will take to pay that off. I'm not thrilled about losing my 20's (our supposed golden, young, and fun years) to studying and being a nerd, while going out once every month. I can say I like medicine and have a definite interest, but I would not call it a passion. On the flip side there's the anesthesiology assistant. 2 years of training post college, and you're done, making (From my research on job posting boards) 120,000-160,000-not as much money as many doctors, but still a lot nonetheless. Plus you have normal 40 hr work weeks with overtime if you want. Normally, graduation would put you around 24. No residency, and making 6 figures in your low to mid 20's sounds pretty damn nice. You have debt but nearly as much as medical school. However, you dont have MD next to your name and you're an assistant to someone. Personally, I can't figure out if I would truly be unhappy being someone's assistant. Basically, I don't know what I want. I know I don't like school, and maybe the AA is a shortcut or an easy way out, but it has its advantages. One important question that I'm sure will be different for everyone: Which will lead to a better quality of life?? As a doctor, your life will most likely be dominated by your profession, while as an AA you have more personal time for your kids, wife, fun stuff, etc. I think one of the reasons I worry about this is that my parents worked all the time, made money, but I never saw them, and they weren't happy. Also, many doctors (not all) are saying not to go into medicine. That's enough, what do all of you guys think? Am I crazy and not thinking straight??