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I'm a third year struggling with the same issues. Everything changed after my son was born at the end of 1st year- suddenly, he's the only thing I care about anymore and I am having very serious doubts about whether I still want to do medicine. Now that I'm gone 100 hours per week on rotations, I miss him horribly. But I guess since I've come this far, I'm going to go ahead and finish up. There's no other career that I'd rather be doing, but I wish I could just take a few years off to stay home, maybe have another baby or two, then go back in a few years. Unfortunately, I'll have about $150K of debt when I graduate, so I don't see how that will be feasible. OTOH, resident salaries are such a measly pittance anyway, maybe we could live off my husband's salary and get forbearance on my loans. It means the interest still accummulates and I'll end up paying a lot more back, but maybe it would be worth it to be able to spend those precious first few years with my kid(s) (hopefully plural!)
Originally posted by susieq:
do people ever change their minds after they start school that this may not be what they want any more?