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What will make you not choose medicine?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by sirus_virus, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. sirus_virus

    sirus_virus nonsense poster 2+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    So I pretty much know a lot of you guys will eat "poop hot dog" for a crack at medschool, and a lot of you are more than satisfied with the shamble nature of medicine presently(declining wages, lawsuits, and increased bureaucratic control). So my question to you guys is: What exactly is the breakpoint where medicine will officialy be a bad career choice for you guys? At what point will you call it quits? For example for me it would be:

    -12% further decline in income.
    -Complete government control.
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  3. gary5

    gary5 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2003
    Definitely complete govt control. If that happens, I'm out. As for income, I expect that we are the last generation where medicine is an occupation that is worse pursuing. 30 more years of all the combined forces working against physicians and it won't be worth doing.
  4. eikenhein

    eikenhein my cat is awesome Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    increasing malpractice due to scum sucking lawyers
  5. sirus_virus

    sirus_virus nonsense poster 2+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Yeah I forgot this. I will quit if the malpractice thing gets more dramatic than it already is.
  6. notdeadyet

    notdeadyet Still in California Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    sirus, if that's really your tipping point for not going in to medicine, you'd be a fool to start medicine now. There's a very strong chance that this will be the case by the time you finish med school/residency.

    Unless you are going into a particularly low paying specialty like primary care. But I have a pretty good hunch that you wouldn't be.
  7. OncoCaP

    OncoCaP 2+ Year Member

    Aug 28, 2006
    Houston, Texas
    1. If we had a huge excess of excellent physicians (i.e., the health of our citizens is no longer an issue). (we can always dream ;) )
    2. If I couldn't support my family with the income (< $40K ?)
    3. If it was pretty much impossible to help patients. For example, if my job became mostly an exercise in figuring out how to justify not treating someone to save an insurance company or the government money, I would find something else to do.
  8. sirus_virus

    sirus_virus nonsense poster 2+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    I am really suspecting that this will be the case. There is no way medicine can make it out of this turmoil and remain a viable career. They are bringing the blitz from all sides and we barely have an offensive line.
  9. sirus_virus

    sirus_virus nonsense poster 2+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Yes I actually expect physician income to dip below 12% 10 years from now, but I am not planning to be on the recieving end of that dip. If I however find myself taking that much less money home, I will quit.
  10. That would do it. Hitting the lottery or inventing something worth major cash would actually make me MORE likely to do medicine because then I could do it as a hobby and if I get fed up still have "**** you" money stashed away.
  11. KaraKiz

    KaraKiz I'm Ron Burgundy? 7+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    yeah im not big on the govt control thang either. i really like medicine tho - if being an MD totally sucked, I would just do something else in the medical field.
  12. NickRiviera

    NickRiviera MS-Never 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    Springfield, IL
    :thumbup: No doubt. "I'd do two chicks at the same time" ~ Lawrence
  13. IWant2BeADoctor

    IWant2BeADoctor License to Matriculate 2+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2007
    Pay cuts aren't going to happen. Few if any would be wiling to go through the torture of Med school without a 6 figure income.

    My only complaint against medicine is the ridiculous amount of work you have to put in.
  14. maestro1625

    maestro1625 10+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Making the final 12 of American Idol...
  15. p9142

    p9142 UR out of your element! 5+ Year Member

    Oct 25, 2005
    Peter: That's it? If you had a million dollars, you'd do two chicks at the same time?
    Lawrence: Damn straight. I always wanted to do that, man. And I think if I were a millionaire I could hook that up, too; 'cause chicks dig dudes with money.
    Peter: Well, not all chicks.
    Lawrence: Well, the type of chicks that'd double up on a dude like me do.
    Peter: Good point.
  16. Stolenspatulas

    Stolenspatulas 2+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    side story:

    after being bummed about my columbia waitlist, i was strolling through the PACU and I remembered why I really want to be a doctor. One of the study patients I was monitoring recently came out of the OR (prostatectomy).

    In his loopy anesthesia state, he hollers at the nurse... "Hun, do you know if my junk will still work?" That my friends brings a smile to everyone.

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