This should probably be a weekly whine, but I've got WW's scheduled till like 2015, so I'm just making it a regular entry.
It really irritates me when someone presents their story to a large community and asks the question, "Should I go to med school?"
The reason it bugs me is because the answer is usually no. It's usually some crazy situation where the person should do ANYTHING BUT go to med school. But of course, the person posting doesn't want to hear anything besides a unanimous yes.
For example, in some med school community I was reading, someone posted (paraphrased, but not made up):
I'm a college sophomore and it's my dream to become a doctor. However, I've been recently diagnosed with lupus and I'm concerned about how this will affect my dream. Recently, I've been put on immunosuppressants, and I'm not allowed to go into a hospital. Also, due to my medical issues, I haven't been able to make it to many of my classes and I've been about an hour late every day.
Is this a joke? Are you serious?? You want to become a doctor, but you can't even set foot in a hospital?? What am I supposed to say to that? Do I think it's a good idea to become a doctor if you can't do your classes and can't enter a hospital? Do I really have to dignify that with an answer?
Another example is that of the new mother of an infant, who wanted to go to medical school. The catch? She's divorced. She is already struggling to pay the bills. She has no nearby family to help with childcare. "Should I go to med school?"
No problem! The dog can babysit for free, right? Wait, they can't?? That's considered child neglect and you can go to jail? Well, damn. Then I don't know, maybe med school isn't such a great idea.
Of course, in both these cases, when it was even suggested that med school might not be the best choice, both of these individuals were enraged.
Here's a controversial opinion: med school ain't for everyone. If you have a serious medical condition, maybe it's not such a great idea. Especially if that medical condition precludes you from entering a hospital. If you have a small child and no means to get childcare, maybe it's not such a great idea.
Can you go to med school if you have lupus or are a single mom with no family support or financial resources? Yes, of course! But just know, it's going to be really, really hard. And you should probably look into other possible career options first, and be really sure that's what you want before you invest a lot of time and money. And if you don't want to hear that, then why the hell are you asking in the first place?