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lyn2006 wrote: Yep, you will miss lots of important things when working 80 hrs/week. It all depends if you are ok with that! I'd say it might be easier to make the decision since you already have a kid - a lot of us went into medicine without kids and realized our career plans changed a bit when we had kids. But by then typically you have so much debt that deciding to not be a physician is not really an option.
I love my job (I'm an anesthesia resident) but there are days, like the last couple of days, that were draining. They were long, I had really really sick patients to manage, and was on my feet for 12+ hours working. Those are the days I feel deprived of time with my kids. I just came home and sat with them on the floor until they went to bed... It can be hard.
I think you should really think about what you want in life. Medicine is sometimes thought of as "smart girl default" when there are really plenty of other awesome and intellectually stimulating jobs out there.
lyn2006 wrote: They were long, I had really really sick patients to manage, and was on my feet for 12+ hours working. Those are the days I feel deprived of time with my kids. I just came home and sat with them on the floor until they went to bed... It can be hard.
MissJillayne wrote: It's just a familiar for me cuz I work in medicine now at a hospital and have to work holidays and days that I dont want to already. I know there will be missed moments but it's not like I'm going to miss his whole life.
tr_ wrote: I am really curious though: When you have a 12+ hour day and come home and just spend the rest of your time hanging with the kids, who does the domestic labor in your house? I have a much much lighter schedule than you and I don't feel like I ever have too much time to just sit around with them because anytime I am home I am trying to multitask on the cooking/cleaning/laundry.