Students going to med school usually end up being clinic-practicing physicians. Most don’t consider doing anything else with their education. The public also has the expectation that going to med school means you become a physician.
University is meant to be an educational institution, not a training institution.
Time and money may make you forget what you really want to do in your professional life. And going to med school doesn’t require you to become a physician. There is a plethora of other options. Unfortunately, med school might not incentivize students to think beyond the traditional trajectory. However, if you want to work with patients, then being a physician can be one of the most rewarding jobs on this planet. It’s age-old foundation is helping people.
So do you really want to become a physician after finishing med school? Here are 5 reasons why you should enter a clinical career:
- A die-hard interest in altruism and social good
After consideration now, that is actually the only reason you should become a physician. There are plenty of reasons to NOT become a physician though: if you want to make a lot of money; be looked at with respect by friends and family; are fond of the color white; like doing scientific research; like to sleep; or strive to spend a lot of time with your family. (the list can continue)