Ive been really thinking the last few weeks about whether or not I want to continue medicine. I really want to be a doctor but I dont know if it is worth it anymore. I am almost finished 1st term, my grades are fine (mostly As) and I really enjoy the courses (minus the studying). Im 23 right now, and when I look ahead to the additional 1.5 more years of schooling, 2 years of clinicals and (the minumum) 3 years of residency - that would mean that I will be 30 when I finish and get my proverbial plaque. Thats considering that everything runs on schedule - but I know it wont, especially cause im in the January group and a Canadian (visa problems await me).. I will probably be around 32 when Im finished. I dont know how to cope with the fact that I have to sacrifice my youth and a gargantuan amount of time to do this career. I dont have a spouse or anything and it scares me that medicine could mean that when I am done all I will have is the ability to prescribe people antibiotics, while sacrificing all of lifes little pleasures along the way. I dont think it is really possible to have 'a life' when youre in med school, and that could hurt me especially in the long run when I find myself in a strange American city, old and probably with few friends or loved ones around me. I think what really shook me up was when watching an episode of Nip/tuck during a break from studying. "Fathers day comes around and Christmas and Thanksgiving, and you sit alone with your.. diplomas.. and the thoughts of all these people whose lives youve saved - except your own.." So please, Im sure some of you guys have gone through what I am going through.. can you offer me any advice on what I should do? Its not that I need medicine to pay bills or anything, I quit my other job before starting school (the pay was about equivalent to a physician's). I love medicine I really do and I think its a damn shame that the schooling is the way it is. I could have started right after high school (like in the UK) and be finished by 25. Can I take a break off school after I finish the basic sciences or clinicals for a (long) while or something maybe? Are there any other paths or branchpoints I can take along the way that would be medically oriented, but without the workload (read: time investment)?