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  • Being a doctor is an awesome profession, but it's far from perfect.

  • Society at large idolizes the hard work, dedication, and status that being a physician entails.

  • But I would argue that there is a significant subset of individuals who want to become doctors,

  • but probably shouldn't.

  • In this video, I'll help you figure out if you're one of those people.

  • What's going on guys, Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • As many of you know, Med School Insiders is much more than just a YouTube channel.

  • We have been offering courses and services on our website for people who are interested

  • in either getting accepted to medical school or matching into residency.

  • It may seem counterintuitive, then, that we would be making a video focusing on reasons

  • one should not go into medicine.

  • From a business perspective, we should want as many people to go into medicine as possible.

  • After all, that would be the most profitable to us.

  • But Med School Insiders is about much more than that.

  • We seek to create a better future of happier, healthier, more effective doctors.

  • And a big part of that philosophy is keeping it real with you all, and cutting through

  • the nonsense.

  • Unless you're in the thick of it, it's hard to truly comprehend what it means to

  • go through medical school or residency.

  • I'll do my best to cut out the noise and help you decide whether or not this field

  • is a good fit for you.

  • Here are 4 signs that becoming a doctor isn't for you.

  • First, parental pressure. If parental pressure is a significant factor

  • in your motivation to go to medical school and become a doctor, do yourself a favor don't do it.

  • I've seen dozens of students enter medicine due to family pressures and it almost never

  • ends up well for them.

  • They usually either quit in the middle of medical school, or if they continue on, their

  • disdain for the profession and their life is heavy and readily apparent.

  • Some have even told me that they wish they could quit, but they feel trapped because

  • their family would disown them, or their significant student loans have them cornered.

  • It's a tough situation, no doubt about it.

  • But if you continue down the demanding and arduous path of becoming a doctor because

  • your family wants you to, it does not end well for you.

  • Being honest sooner is almost always better than being honest later.

  • The pain and hurt of quitting once you're already a couple years into your training

  • will almost certainly be worse than being upfront and quitting sooner.

  • Number two, hating people. You know the type - the people that get easily

  • frustrated by others' seemingly endless stupidity or incompetence.

  • If you're not patient with people, then being a physician probably won't make you happy.

  • Some medical students joke that they're pursuing pathology because they don't like

  • people, or even surgery so that they can put the patient under anesthesia so that they

  • stop talking.

  • But the reality is, every field in medicine requires good people skills and regular interaction

  • with others.

  • Sure, in pathology you're not interacting with patients as much as a psychiatrist or

  • primary care doctor would, but you still need to regularly coordinate with other healthcare

  • providers to understand and analyze the specimens and provide tailored guidance to the healthcare team.

  • Similarly, a lot of surgery involves face to face interaction and clinic time.

  • Even as a surgeon, you'll be spending about two days per week in clinic, not operating.

  • And on surgery days, you'll still be spending a lot of time speaking with the patient and

  • their family pre-op, with the healthcare team intraoperatively, and with their family again post-op.

  • Be warned, not all patients are kind or appreciative of your work.

  • If this is a deal breaker for you, think long and hard about your decision.

  • Number three, You're Allergic to Hard Work. Even if you're incredibly intelligent and

  • skated through high school or even college with great grades and minimal work, that will

  • not sustain you.

  • Trust me.

  • I have a few friends who have brilliant minds, so getting into medical school was pretty easy for them.

  • But the adjustment to the vast quantities of information you need to learn in medical

  • school is a different animal entirely.

  • I would argue that intelligence has less to do with being successful in medical school

  • than you think.

  • It's more closely tied to work ethic.

  • Medical school requires more memorization than critical thinking abilities, and that's

  • far less dependent on intelligence. And same with residency.

  • The hours are long, and the amount of knowledge you need to acquire and hours of experience

  • you need to put under your belt are nothing to scoff at.

  • If your idea of hard work is a 9 to 5, five days per week, then medicine isn't the right

  • career path for you.

  • And number four, Medicine Isn't Your Main Focus. If you're like me and have a variety of

  • professional interests and pursuits, then medicine will not be conducive to your long term vision.

  • To be successful as a clinician, medicine has to be a central focus in your life.

  • Sure, you can have side hustles and hobbies, I'm not arguing against that.

  • But to make significant progress in other professional pursuits while pursuing medicine

  • is neither feasible nor sustainable.

  • Many medical schools do not allow their students to work on the side because of the intensity

  • and rigor.

  • Schools understand that medical school is expensive and you want to get a job to help pay the bills, but

  • it's much more likely to contribute to burn out and overall harm your medical school performance.

  • In residency, your hours will be even more intense and your lifestyle even less conducive

  • to pursuing side hustles.

  • And depending on your specialty of choice, attending life won't be a walk in the park

  • either.

  • Looking across all specialties, only 13% of physicians work fewer than 40 hours per week.

  • Most of them work between 40 to 60 hours per week, and a quarter of them work between 60

  • and 80 hours per week.

  • If you're going into something surgical, expect your hours to be on the higher end

  • of the spectrum.

  • Now Before You Go, These four points aren't meant to be hard

  • rules, but if you do find yourself identifying with them, then I advise you seriously reconsider

  • medicine as your career of choice.

  • There are many other ways to make a comfortable and rewarding living with far less effort or sacrifice.

  • Being a doctor is a special profession for a special breed of person.

  • If after hearing these points you are still set on becoming a physician, then more power

  • to you.

  • At Med School Insiders, we want to help make your dream become a reality.

  • We offer the highest quality, systematically designed courses and

  • services to help you become an effective doctor.

  • If you're a pre-med, check out our Pre-Med Roadmap to Medical School Acceptance, which

  • lays out a customizable template with high yield content to help you craft your college

  • career and set yourself up for a medical school acceptance.

  • If you're further along in the process, our How to Ace the Medical School Interview

  • guide will help you put your best foot forward and maximize your chances of securing that

  • sweet sweet acceptance.

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  • code WINTER2019.

  • This offer is valid for only the first 50 customers, so get yours while the coupon is

  • still available.

  • Additionally, all courses come backed with a 100% 30-day money back guarantee, so if

  • you are not satisfied for any reason, let us know and you'll get a full refund. No questions asked.

  • Talk about a sweet deal.

  • Thank you all so much for watching.

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  • See you guys in that next one.

Being a doctor is an awesome profession, but it's far from perfect.

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DO NOT go to MEDICAL SCHOOL (If This is You)

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