Going into medicine is not an easy choice. Many think it’s quick cash and while it does pay well, it demands many sacrifices.
I’ve always dreamed about becoming a doctor. I remember wearing a white robe for every career day and saying year after year, “One day I’ll be a doctor”. However, at 6 or 7 I had no idea of how dedicated and time-consuming the training could be.
So far, 3 years in college have gifted me with clinical depression, anxiety and panic attacks. I worry about everything 24/7 particularly whether this is the right career choice for me.
Here’s a list of my biggest concerns on continuing a path towards medicine.
- Am I good enough?
- Will I like it?
- Am I wasting what are supposed to be the best years of my life studying?
- The debt! No doubt about it.
- Will I be able to handle the academic rigors?
- Will I be able to handle the psychological strain?
- Is it worth it to put my body through this kind of stress?
However, I’m still at it. Working hard and hoping for the best. After all, no one ever got anywhere by staying in their comfort zone.
If you are in a career of medicine and have some thoughts, please share them down below! I’d like to hear about your experiences.