I've been accepted to medical school at McGill, and an M.Sc. in epidemiology at both McGill and UBC. ... I really really don't know what to do. On the one hand, I think I would like to practice medicine, in a romantic "I want to heal people" kind of way. I was a psychology major as an undergrad and loved all aspects of it - the neurobiology, the clinical, and the social - and I enjoyed my basic sciences and even my MCAT studying, so I'm excited to learn about the body and how it works. On the other hand, I don't know if I want to practice medicine the way it is currently taught and often practiced. I think the view of health in Western medicine is often a bit myopic and limited, and I have a bit of a "take it down from the inside" sort of view of how I want to use my training. I worry that the process of becoming a doctor is really unhealthy, and my health (sleep/eating/exercise), spending time with my loved ones and general quality of life is really important to me. I can deal with busting my ass for a couple of years during training, but the impression I'm getting is that the grind lasts for a lot longer than that. Reading up on working conditions, I'm hearing that things like 80 max hours per week for residents isn't always enforced, and I can't imagine ever working that much. (I don't know what the laws are like in Canada.) I hear about a lot of people who feel trapped in medicine after years of training because of debt. As a Canadian, that isn't as big an issue as for some US potential-MDs. My in-province tuition is incredibly low and I will probably live at home during med school, so I'll get out the other end pretty much debt-free. I love the freedom of being a student and I think that maybe an academic career would be a continuation of that. I talk to a lot of masters students who more or less keep their own hours. But a few people have been telling me that "no one turns down med school for an m.sc. in health research" and that I"ll feel limited. I'm also worried that I'll be bored, and I like that as an M.D. I have the option of being a clinician, going into research, teaching, doing community/public health, etc. Does anyone have any useful perspective or advice for me?