I'm not joking around when I post this so....I've been giving serious thought to whether or not I want to continue pursuing medicine as a career. I really am interested in medicine and I know I would enjoy being able to help people with their health. Just today I ran into some problems that caused me to rethink about pursuing my second career choice. Anyway, one of the things thats been on my mind a lot is the incredible amount of information that doctors learn. The past couple of months I've been shadowing a FP doctor as well as volunteering at a free health clinic that has a PA working at it. I kid you not when I say that every time I'm in either office (with the doctor once a week and at the clinic twice a week) a large number of the patients that I'm able to see them treat present with the same problems. A typical day will go like this: upper respiratory infection, diabetes, upper respiratory problems, bad sinus pain, kid with flu, kid with fever, bad headaches, flu, fever, etc. Once every week or so I get to see something that has a crazy name and really makes the doctor seem like a doctor (if that makes sense). Doctors (at least primary care) spend so much time learning all about the diseases that plague us, yet it seems like they only need to know what drugs to give someone to treat their symptoms. All I'm saying is that they have all this knowledge and it seems like they rarely have to use it. I've thought about specializing as well and it seems, to me at least, like that would be even worse. Going through med school to only deal with one thing for the rest of your years of practicing. I know that learning about all the possibilities of sickness and health is part of becoming a doctor, I'm just having a hard time dealing with learning massive amounts of information only to use a fraction of it later on. I'm not doing this to complain or anything, I'm just trying to get things straight in my mind and see what others think about this.....so save your sarcasm and "quit your whining" posts.