MSHQ 045 : 5 Reasons to Go To Medical School, and 5 to Not

Session 45

In today's episode, Ryan and Allison talk about the 5 reasons to go into medical school and 5 reasons to not. In the first part of the episode, Ryan played a short clip from the EntreLeadership Podcast talking about how you have to truly enjoy patient care to enjoy your job as a physician and truly be rewarded.

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5 Reasons to Go to Medicine:

  1. Improve the lives and health of other human beings.

  • You can improve the other's lives numerous other ways but as doctors, you're really focused on really improving their health and life.
  • It becomes more than just wanting to help people.
  • Helping the family cope at the end of a patient's life is a profound thing
  1. A sense of leadership

  • You're leading a group of people in the care of a patient on your service
  • The presence of autonomy since people look to you for guidance and reassurance
  1. A variety of what you can do besides patient care

  • Clinician seeing patients in a hospital, in private practice, or in a community center
  • Clinician educator
  • Researcher (bench research or clinical research)
  • Work for the government work (ex. FDA)
  • Work at a pharmaceutical company
  • Teacher
  • Create an awesome podcast (like this!)
  1. Intellectual challenge

Every person should be a lifelong learner. Most importantly, medicine changes all the time so physicians have to make sure they continually learn so they can continually improve their patients’ lives.

  1. Being able to perform surgery

The ability to operate on another human being and having that trust from your patient.

Additional reason:

The ability to change one life and many other people's lives like finding a cure or discovering a new virus or a new medicine that could change lives across the world.

5 Reasons to Not Go to Medicine:

  1. Money

  • It's the wrong reason to want to become a doctor.
  • If you only want to make money, you can be many things – banker, lawyer, stock broker, medicine is not the place to go.
  • Medicine is something you do day in and day out and if you don't love what you're doing, you're going to be miserable no matter how much money you make.
  • Not to mention that medical school is so expensive, you will have to deal with huge loans.
  1. Prestige

  • If you want to become a doctor just to have that “MD” at the end of your name, you will be dissatisfied with your work.
  • Respect and prestige are things you earn because of the hard work you put in and not because you have some initials at the end of your name.

Introducing yourself to the patient

Ryan thinks introducing yourself to the patient as a doctor puts a wall between you and the patient psychologically.

Allison thinks otherwise and that it helps fill in that role in letting the patient know that you're with them.

What do you think? Share it with us.

  1. Medical drama disillusionment

  • What you see on medical dramas is not what life is as a physician.
  • Life as a physician is hell (but worth it).
  • There are so many discrepancies in medical dramas that's just unrealistic and crazy.
  1. Pressure from parents

  • Try to shadow a physician and see if it's something you want to do in your life and not because your parents said so
  • You have to have the passion and desire to be called to this profession.
  • You cannot do this for someone else. It's your life to live.
  1. Work-life balance

  • Medicine is stressful.
  • Medicine takes over your life. It becomes who you are.
  • Your life may get better as an attending (depending on your field) but it does take a lot from you and your family.

Additional reason:

Being the smartest in your class or your county doesn't mean you want to be a doctor. Medicine is not all about intelligence. Bedside manner is just as crucial.

Some pieces of advice for premed students:

You have to do what you love. That is what shadowing is for so you will know what it's like to be a physician. You have to know what you're getting into to make sure that you're happy on the other side.

Do some soul-searching no matter where you are in the process and go through this list to help you figure out if medicine is really for you.

Links and Other Resources:

Session 1 – Ryan’s Intro and Story

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