Katie (Do you have a blog?) asked several questions yesterday. I am going to break them into two parts.
Was medical school worth the sacrifice of time and money and life?
If I had not gone to medical school, I would have never seen the world. Sure, there are people who have travelled more extensively but really what I have seen and done boggles my mind. There was a point during my senior year of high school where I realized my dreams were just dreams and not likely to come true, that I needed to adjust my expectations for reality. With a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (literally and figuratively) by golly my dreams did indeed come true.
Still, there are days where I think about what an amazing body I would have if I had time to work out and get my nails done. On the other hand, I would not be able to afford a housekeeper so that time would never materialize, would it? Adjusting my dreams for reality…
Without those awful years of training, I would have remained a terribly shy, frightened, introvert who never found her voice. Was it worth it? Yes, without a question. Was it fun?
Oh, hell no.
Can you have a life while in med school and residency? What about now?
Depends on what you mean by life. I loved medical school for the most part. Sure, it was hard. But it was fairly easy in the grand scheme of things. Residency is what really beats you down. Still, you have a heart beat most days so you indeed meet the criteria for “life”. There are opportunities for socializing from time to time and sometimes you are caught up enough on sleep that you actually feel like going out.
Private practice is much better. Generally speaking, there is quite a bit more free time provided you are not blogging…
What do you think of a thing circulating on Facebook that says 66% of doctors are recommending careers as nurse practitioners?
I don’t Facebook but I am not aware of any physicians that would suggest becoming NP’s instead. Maybe they are out there, but I certainly don’t know them.
NP’s get dumped on. They get the practice hours that the doctors don’t want like weekends, evenings and nights. They get assigned the most unpleasant patients that no one else wants to deal with. They are paid quite a bit less while their “supervising” physician pockets the excess (NPs and doctors generally bill the patients the same $). They are also not given much respect.
Now for something a bit lighter: