But I would've started having kids earlier (probably still post residency) and lived way more frugally. And as much as I love love love my house I wouldn't have bought it. And may be even have discouraged my husband from so much educational debt? But what is the point of this exercise. Milk has already spilt and dried up.
I want to give an honest answer. For what it's worth, I wish I would have asked more people this before I applied.
No. I would not do this again. Hands down no.
I know a million and a half things factor into this question. But debt, dislike of much of what the medical profession seems to be from my perspective, and GREAT desire to be home with my little one all point me in the direction of --> medical school was not a good choice for me.
Is it a good choice for many people? Yes. Is it a bad choice for many people? Yes. Would I have listened if someone told me that when I was applying? Probably not.
I really don't know the answer. In the past, I've said NO. Emphatically. But I'm so damned happy right now -- as a research fellow, to be fair -- that it's hard to truly regret any decision that brought me to this place.
I do think that the cost to get here -- opportunity cost, cost to my health and to my relationship with my sons -- was too high. And I think I would be equally happy in another field. The specific rewards of medicine are not what I anticipated.
But I agree that no premed in the history of time was ever swayed by this sentiment.
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea. -- Isak Dinesen
I would be a CRNA or PA in a subspecialty (eg derm) if I had a do-over. Or I would have chosen a non medical field entirely. I think I would have been very happy as a college professor of biology. I had one of my favorite college professors try to talk me out of med school when I asked him for a rec. Did I listen to his advice? No.
The travesty of the system is that by the time you figure out medicine is not for you, you are thirty, possibly have a family, and are six figures deep in debt.