What is the best and worst part of being a general doctor?
I'm not completely sure about whether I want to be a doctor. I want to save lives, but I want to see any other benefits and downsides to being a doctor.
In addition to the above responses, and having grown up in a house full of dedicated 24 hour a day Dr/PA parents, there are other things to consider. When faced with the question myself, I chose a softer science. If you know you have a gift for working with people, look a little further than the obvious choices. I loved music and singing - but I had no idea that Music Therapy existed until I got to University. By choosing a career in a field I loved, I had not only job satisfaction on a very deep level, but I had an allied health profession (Music Therapy) that was profitable, but flexible enough to have a life and family. I also considered Opthomology, it is a choice that has very few emergency calls in the middle of the night. Psychiatry has some interesting benefits if you like helping others - never a dull moment there. Later in life, I re-trained as a Neuromuscular Therapist to be able to get a state license and have a private practice in my home, without needing a physician's order for healthcare reimbursement. You must always consider how you will be paid, and by who. Managed Care eventually killed the Music Therapy profession in many hospitals, for example. It is important to choose a field that is always readily reimburseable within healthcare systems like Physucal Therapy or Occupational Therapy. Thinking outside the healthcare box can be very rewarding. Go to a hospital or nursing school and talk to people. Something wonderful might be waiting for you, and you have no idea what it even is!
you have to wear those ugly white lab coats... forever. Don't chose your major yet though.
advantage- good good income $$
disadvantage- stress, long working hours, need nanny if kids are needed to take care of, if couldn't save a patients life then it will be written on your record, a lot of college years....