I recently sat down with a former pre-med college student who is now leaning away from a career in medicine. This guy may end up being the valedictorian of his very big school. He was president of the "medical club" and was gung ho to be a doctor for his whole life. I am not sure what totally changed his mind. He did shadow a few physicians that I personally know (radiology, orthopedics) who are as dry as melba toast. Burnt to a crisp. Now this kid is thinking more bout going into surgical sales or another type of medical business. Sad. The worst part of his story is that the undergraduate advisor to his college (and liaison to the "medical club") told everyone that they shouldn't go into primary care as it doesn't pay enough. In fact, not one guest over the past four years has been a primary care doctor. Isn't that nice? The country is starving for primary care physicians and yet we are being disrespected by, well, everyone. My job can suck sometimes and yes, I would like to make more money, but I still think my job is better than this college advisor's job.
It is, right?