Hmm...well, that sounds rather discouraging.
I'm a female med student (M1 currently) and I was looking to take a bit of time off to start a family and pursue some other interests. I love medicine, but I also have this crazy dream of going to culinary school. I did a short culinary program at Le Cordon Bleu before going to med school and since then, I've been contemplating going back and doing the full culinary degree.
Doctor by day and chef by night?
But really, is there ANY good time after starting med school in which one can take time off to pursue these kinds of things? What about after residency (if during med school, between med school and residency, or during residency is not possible)? Would that affect one's chances of finding a job or starting a practice?