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Becoming a Medical Doctor by The Doctor - Tue, 09 Jan 2018 04:24:52 EST ID:t8HPsez6 No.55220 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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So, I want to clean up my act. I want to help people. I want to save lives.
I want to become a doctor. I'm good with numbers and pharmacology. Maybe an anesthesiologist? What's your advice? Anyone in med school? Thanks in advance.
Clara Gemblefuck - Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:08:08 EST ID:z8aiqwlu No.55221 Ignore Report Quick Reply
becoming a doctor sounds noble and great but in my mind its not much better than becoming a cop or a soldier. you are a faceless cog in a nationwide machine with no soul or compassion. think you will be using your knowledge and training to solve complex problems and improve lives? nope. you will be matching symptoms to the Book of Diagnoses in Latin and then prescribing drugs, even if that is not the approach you would prefer. doctors have zero leeway in their treatments and have to follow "the rules" which are often solely based around compensation from insurance companies. consider becoming something in the healthcare field other than an MD for a little bit less depression.
Beatrice Hillypod - Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:03:26 EST ID:Y565EV8A No.55225 Ignore Report Quick Reply
That's what having a job is like. I don't see the problem here.
Isabella Clubberledge - Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:00:04 EST ID:2teGmD0V No.55256 Ignore Report Quick Reply
you speaking from experience or out your asshole?
not true unless you want it to be (or maybe if you live in the US of A)
Nell Murddock - Fri, 02 Feb 2018 23:39:23 EST ID:z8aiqwlu No.55266 Ignore Report Quick Reply

the vast majority of health care professions have much more leeway in their problem solving and decision making than doctors. doctors are basically confined to preset flowcharts, of which 99% end at "prescribe drug X" or "refer to specialist Y"


yes, like the vast majority of this site's users, i live in the us. do you feel proud to have guessed this very likely fact? if i lived in fucking norway or taiwan i probably wouldnt be talking shit about my country's healthcare system online now would i
Molly Nagglehood - Thu, 03 May 2018 02:58:28 EST ID:Gn8nNCSj No.55396 Ignore Report Quick Reply
OP, I'm applying to med school this summer. The path there is fucking hard. I'm one of those people who felt smart and more capable than everyone else my entire life and the process of preparing to apply to med school has still knocked me on my ass.

That said, if you're truly interested /r/premed is a good resource. Student Doctor Network forums are also okay, but they tend to fuel a lot of neuroticism.
Albert Clobblefoot - Mon, 07 May 2018 20:05:39 EST ID:Rl1gAmmt No.55397 Ignore Report Quick Reply
hate to break it to you but as cynical as his post is, it's pretty spot-on. you think it's a coincidence 40~60% of physicians report burnout? doctors having the highest suicide/depression/stress rates out of any profession?

don't let that shit discourage you - if you want to be a doctor, do it. but do your research and get a realistic view of what your specialty is going to be like. practicing medicine is nothing like what the general public thinks it is.
Eliza Honeybanks - Wed, 09 May 2018 23:37:06 EST ID:DUhS+Jbr No.55408 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Are you speaking from experience? Physicians are overworked and you have a low chance of reaping the hollywood lifestyle of doctors of past generations unless you move to the middle of nowhere and open up a practice. The current cost of undergrad + medical school alongside the transition to standardized healthcare will move the physician role to just another job. Currently people place physicians on a pedestal and look at them like a spectacle, but most of them live far outside their means and are grossly overworked for little benefit until old age. Look at China: doctors are nothing special and make average salaries. The stigma of medical school in america is so baffling to me, and I think in about 20 years it will be evident that is NOT a "golden path to success" as it may be gloriously made out to be on TV.

There are a LOT of ways to work in healthcare without being a physician and have a drastically more enjoyable and profitable career. It's important to remember, too, that big $$$ up front does not mean doctors take home as much as their paycheck may seem with extensive insurance costs alongside taxes and education debt.

Protip: graduate school is free and they'll even pay you 30k/year to get a biomedical PhD in a cozy lab/office
Samuel Drottingforth - Fri, 18 May 2018 01:18:54 EST ID:aAtEqGEw No.55411 Ignore Report Quick Reply
If you want to help people and actually spend your time with patients (not sitting in lectures and pouring over material and paperwork) don't become a doctor. The better route is a becoming an APRN or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.
Best course is to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (You can also get an Associate's), then take the NCLEX or National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.
Best route is to then get experience in your field. You mentioned Anesthesiology. That will probably qualify you to apply for a Master's to become a CRNA or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Going further for a DNP or Doctor of Nurse Practice or Ph.D, a very in demand degree but not a necessary step.
Annual median salary for all nurse practitioners was $104,740 in 2015. Probably much higher for DNP's and Ph.D's especially Anesthetists.
Shit Mossleford - Fri, 18 May 2018 21:54:54 EST ID:qyhyHXzq No.55413 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>the vast majority of health care professions have much more leeway in their problem solving and decision making than doctors.
You have no idea what you're talking about. Do you work in healthcare?
curt - Fri, 25 May 2018 15:26:00 EST ID:KYaeSCiJ No.55420 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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