Something I just want to bring up. It is often debated on this forum (has been every since I was applying to med school 8 years ago and will be when I'm done with residency) whether you really have to be passionate about medicine and only medicine in order to go into the field and be happy, or whether you can go into the field and just enjoy it as a decent job that is one component of life. The result of threads on this topic is often that there are better easier ways to make more money with a better lifestyle. Often mysterious jobs such as "i-banking" or "corporate law" are brought up as alternatives. I just want to remind everyone here trying to make the decision right now that there are pathways within medicine that make it a well compensated, secure field with a damn decent lifestyle. Internal medicine, surgery, and their subspecialties are brutal and I think you have to truly love those fields to be happy in them. Family practice and primary care in general is filled with so much bullsh*t that it's hard to find a happy niche there. I've never run into a happy OB/GYN. However, there are several specialties which are, to be frank, just plain pleasant to practice and I think would be even if you don't see Osler as your soul-mate. A couple of these are even pretty easy to match into. Anesthesiology, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology, dermatology, these providers are generally content, and, if you just want a secure, high salaried job, I think they can't be beat. I think anyone would be hard pressed (assuming no major changes to the way the health care system is structured) to find better day-to-day job. Yes, med school and internship are brutal and painful, but the above fields themselves are merely hard. Conclusion: if you're one of the vast majority of people who have no passion in life and just want to make it from day-to-day, I wouldn't discourage you from entering medicine, just so long as you do it intelligently. Of course, if you're lucky enough to have a passion, do that. Life is too short.