There used to be a different post here.
There used to be an entire list on why you should not go to medical school; the top 10 reasons you should not go to medical school and one reason that you should. If you want to reason the other side of the story go to this article, "The Top Ten Reasons You Should Go To Medical School And The Single Best Reason Not To."
The post talked about reasons for not going to medschool; of losing friends, spending the best years of your life as an underpaid, overworked, and sleep deprived slave, and then found the one reason — and only one — to go to medical school.
But, after a number of emails with the author and revisions that included removing parts of the posts, and an update at the bottom of the post asking for all comments to be added to the authors site, the author has had a change of heart and asked for the entire post to be removed and so we've complied with that request.
Now we are not generally in the business of trying to step on people's toes, and we try to be respectful of everyone's wishes and we certainly want to provide as much value as we can to all of the sites that we link to. However in this case it seems a little onerous (and somewhat unethical) to delete everyone's thoughtful comments along with the original post. So, we decided to just remove the post in its entirety and change the discussion slightly.
Of course what are the things we noticed was that most peoples thoughts did not agree with the basic tenets of the original post; that there are at least 10 reasons why you shouldn't go to medical school or become a physician and only one reason that you should.
In fact, while there are a couple of people that agree that medical school and becoming a physician is a challenging career path, many of the comments voice the opinion that medicine had a lot to offer in exchange for the shortcomings of the current health care system.
Here is an example:
There are very few professions that meet people from all walks of life that confide in you very personal issues and want to know your opinion just because you "are a doctor". A job where you get to be on your feet rather than stuck behind a desk all day staring at a computer or on the phone and for the most part get to have educated, intelligent, and interesting people as your co-workers. As a doctor let me assure you - none of us are starving. – Gut Girl
Of course, opinions all vary and there are any number of physicians I know that would gladly hang up their stethoscope if they could replace their income, but so would a lot of people with other jobs.
This site's only real purpose is the uncover the ways that medical schools students (and physicians) can leverage their skills, training, and degree and help them to craft a lifestyle that is both rewarding and fulfilling. If that's clinical practice while you start a business on the side, or forgoing clinical practice altogether, fine. There's a puzzle-piece that everyone needs, and it's usually NOT just doing what everyone else does.
You can read the opinions of others below. Some of them are leaning towards the combative side. Let's keep it civil.