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Basic Pros and Cons of Becoming a Doctor


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Before you apply to med school, take time to consider all the advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few starters.


  • Ability to provide service and support to others
  • Save lives
  • Continuous learning
  • Opportunity to appreciate medical science
  • Teach students and patients about medicine
  • Rewarding
  • Decent salary
  • High status occupation


  • DEBT
  • Long education. You'll spend several years training and preparing at schools and hospitals (e.g. medical school, internship, residency)
  • Long process to acquire a license
  • Difficult
  • Stressful
  • Depressing when you are unable to help
  • Time consuming
  • Long hours
  • A great deal of responsibility
  • Managed care means more difficulty earning a high salary
  • Very significant student loans (hundreds of thousands of dollars)


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