Here's a conversation with another reader who is questioning their interest in becoming a doctor and wondering how to decide.
Hi , I came acroos your blog recently via google and I was wondering if you could help me with something.
I am 27 years old, South African female , and I am married and have 3 kids. I am an IT systems analyst. I am relocating to Dubai early next year and am considering going to medical school there.
Would you advise this ? or am I too late?
Thank You Ir
I'd be happy to address this question but I need more information.
How old are your kids? Who would help you take care of them? What is the educational process of medical school in Dubai? In the US, we go to college (4 years), medical school (4 years), then internship (1 year) and residency (3-5 years depending on the field). Is medical school education state funded or would you be paying tuition?
Hi Dr Rima,
I sincerely am grateful to you for your prompt reply. I have 3 kids - 2 boys and a girl. My eldest son is 9, the other son 5 and the youngest, a little girl aged 2. My husband is self employed and we are thinking of getting a full time nanny in Dubai. I visited a website www.dmcg.edu for a medical school in Dubai - it is 5 years including internship.
I have worked in IT for about seven years so I have saved enough for me to go and study without the hassle of worrying about expenses, although I can try to generate a bit of income there in my spare time.
What are the pros and cons of being a female doctor?
Once again, thank you for you assistance
I look forward to hearing from you
It sounds like you have the basics taken care of. A stable income from your husband, some savings, a plan to care for the children (because you will need someone at your beck and call at any time of the day or night), and a plan for getting into medical school.
When the time comes, you will need to decide the setting in which you would like to practice. This can make a big difference in lifestyle for both yourself and your family. The post about medical school should help give you some things to think about.
The short answer is, you are not too late. At 27, if the training is 5 years, you would be finishing at 32 y/o. That's not too far beyond when most US trained doctors finish their training. You could work for 30 - 40 years before retiring.
If you have a passion for medicine and taking care of the sick, then you are not too late. If you are just toying with the idea because it is intriguing and you think you might have an interest, then look elsewhere for a career.
Medicine is rigorous in any situation. That is what attracts some people to it and what puts other people off. You will have to decide in which group you belong and if this is something that fits you and your family.