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What do you think you will like least about being a physician?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by sunshinecrayon, Nov 12, 2001.

  1. sunshinecrayon

    sunshinecrayon Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 8, 2001
    What do you think you will like least about being a physician? In all reality, there has to be some downfalls to this profession. What is the situation you most dread encountering?
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  3. Scooby Doo

    Scooby Doo IEatShavedPussyCats 10+ Year Member

    Jul 9, 2001
    Lawsuits that will waste my time and money and keep me from serving my patients...
  4. choker

    choker Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 30, 2001
    definitely the people. no wait, the science.

  5. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    I tend to think having a well paying job that doesn't leave you the time to spend the money you make...could become annoying.
  6. racergirl

    racergirl Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    The application process.
  7. UCMonkey

    UCMonkey Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 26, 2001
    Cincinnati, OH
    Depending on what type of practice I go into, the potential for miles of red tape and paperwork that will take time away from patients.
  8. Mystique

    Mystique The Procrastinator 7+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2001
    I dread trying to find the balance between family and practice...I've heard too many stories.
    :rolleyes: :eek:
  9. Coalboy

    Coalboy Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 14, 2001
    East Providence, RI
    I'm not really looking forward to the "dead on my feet" 36 hour shifts. I don't think that benefits anyone, especially not the patients.
  10. Ceelo

    Ceelo Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    definitely all the attention we male physicians will be getting from the ladies. i mean, who really wants groupies?

    :D :D :D
  11. Smokey223

    Smokey223 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 26, 2001
    NY and PA
    On a less humorous note, the thought of possibly killing someone. I recently was in a meeting where we, the patient care team, had to keep from the family that the doctor operated on the WRONG carotid artery.
  12. paisley1

    paisley1 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    I would dread to not be able to help somebody who is terminally ill--especially if it is a young child since I am interested in pediatrics. To know that even with all of that studying and hard work and all of those long hours spent in the hospital, there is nothing that can be done to save a person's life. Granted, you could make dying more comfortable for them but wouldn't it be great if we could *magically* save everyone who wants to be saved?
  13. Mossjoh

    Mossjoh Mayo Clinic-PGY2 10+ Year Member

    Jan 1, 2001
    Jacksonville, FL
    rectal exams....ooops, did I say that out loud?
  14. Mr. Eastern Medicine

    Mr. Eastern Medicine Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Having patients who ask me to reduce their co-payments. (It happens a lot to this one doctor that I know).
  15. Jameson

    Jameson Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 26, 2001
    Moss- You couldn't have said it better! Though I think dealing with an imacted bowel could get kinda' stinky :D
  17. gobears

    gobears Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2001
    It's not impossible to raise a family and be a doctor. Both of my parents are doctors, and my brother and I turned out somewhat not-so-messed-up. I mean, they're on call a lot and have to spend occasional nights at the hospital, but we still have time for family vacations and Thanksgiving dinners. I remember when I was young, sometimes we would have to take 2 cars when we went out to dinner because my dad or mom might be paged and have to rush to the hospital. That was a little weird, but I got used to it.

    Being a doctor is more than a profession; it's a lifestyle. It's a rewarding lifestyle though. My parents never pushed my brother or me into being physicians. We both chose that by ourselves. He's already in med school and I'm applying right now. Personally, I realize that I'm going to make sacrifices, but I feel it'll be worth it.

    There are horror stories out there, but not all stories are like that.
  18. dtreese

    dtreese Caramel Gollum 10+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2001
    KY, The Jelly State
    I don't look forward to being tethered to a pager or to spending half my life with a phone receiver up to my mouth, but it goes with the territory.
  19. E'01

    E'01 1K Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 26, 2001
    For those who mentioned stiking a balance between family and work, how about taking care of one's parents? As the oldest of three, I think I'd most likely be the one to take care of my parents - and I definitely want to. I can't forsee myself placing them into a nursing home unless they were both extremely debilitated perhaps. They're young now (50,51) but time flies, and when I think about my future, I naturally think about them also.
  20. E'01

    E'01 1K Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 26, 2001
  21. RainaNoelle

    RainaNoelle Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2001
    Lexington, KY
    I'd have to say I'm with Pendulum on worrying about the family/work balance. I am most interested in OB/Gyn at present (I love the variety it offers) but the hours can stink. :( Having a 12-day old baby at home really does stress me out some when I think about the time I'll have to spend away from her. I'm hoping it's at least partly hormones and it won't seem so terrible in the coming months. ;)

    I know my hubby and I will make it work somehow, I'm just not certain how the cards will fall yet. We'd like to have another child in the next few years also (I'm almost 33 and my hubby's 35, so there's no time to wait till after residency or anything). I know I'd never be truly happy if I didn't pursue medicine, but I sure hope my family can adapt happily to the crazy medical family life! :D

    Raina and bouncing baby Jillian
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