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Not sure how similar my situation was to yours, but thought I'd throw this out there in case it was helpful. I was also admitted to a PhD program last year (in genetic epidemiology), full scholarship and all, and I had a LOT of stress and indecision about whether to just do the PhD and go from there, or not start at all. I decided not to start, and I am so glad I didn't. My heart wasn't in it and I think it would have been 4-6 very stressful years working towards a degree I didn't really want or need. I would suggest not starting the PhD unless you really want to spend that time researching your subject/are very motivated to get the degree. I also have a friend who is just completing her PhD in a medical subject and wishes that she hadn't started--she wants to go to medical school and feels as though she's wasted her time for the past 5 years since she doesn't need the degree and did not enjoy getting it. Also easier to not start a PhD than to drop out half way, as the inevitable questions arise for any future application to medical school, jobs, or other degree programs (did you drop out because you couldn't handle it? Is it a sign that you make commitments you don't keep? etc).
Originally posted by consult2health:
AS for your suggestion, I feel that if I go for a PhD for 4 years and work for 4 years after that, I'll be 40 yo and fear it will be even harder for me to make the change.