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Optometry school or Medical school for primary care

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Perplexed123, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. Perplexed123

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    Optometry is super saturated at this time. Head over to the OD forum and see the doom and gloom projected there.
     
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    Just another option to mention is dentistry. If you have any interest in working with underserved, I shadowed at a free clinic in an underserved area recently and they said that the community is really in need of dental care.
     
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    :naughty:
     
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    wouldnt recommend optometry
     
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    I think the above is not typical of what you should expect - there are elements of truth in there (I can only speak for the pre-med school parts, so more experience posters will have to comment on the later portions), but they are far away from the average experience.
     
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    One thing I am sure of is that people can manage to make themselves miserable in any profession, however meaningful.

    I am a board examiner in the same specialty as the one quoted. My life has been lived to the fullest and filled with satisfaction. I have been a welcome participant in the lives of thousands of patients, students, residents and colleagues. I have served at every level of government and visited all the inhabited continents.

    It is difficult to know if this profession is right for an individual but expecting happiness as a direct result is a fool's errand.
     
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    I guess she missed chlamydia too..
     
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    Agreed.
    My college roommate who was having lots of fun in college is now very jealous of me...
     
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    Just goes to show you, the grass is always greener
     
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    umm, plenty of us had lots of fun in college. We just studied a lot too.
     
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    I had a boat load of fun!
     
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    But were you out the entire week having fun like the rest of the kids who didn't have labs and classes at 8:00 am to contend with? If you did, good for you!
    I needed the sleep!
     
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    Whaaaat? I don't feel like I sacrificed anything in college. I studied like crazy but I would have done that regardless of being pre-med or not. That's part of college! But I also went out every weekend, joined the clubs I wanted to join, maintained a relationship, and got involved in a fair amount of mischief! I do have a lot of friends that were also pre-med, but I've found them to be incredibly reliable and supportive people.

    Sometimes when everything seems to be going wrong, you have to isolate the variable. As gyngyn mentioned, it's not necessarily the profession, but may be the professional.

    Edit: I was fortunate enough to never have an 8am lab.
     

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