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I love what I do, but yes at

I love what I do, but yes at times I do struggle with the length of the path. I will say I have a lot of respect for doctors because there is so much to know and you really have to know everything because no one is standing behind you. But regardless of that, 4 years of undergrad is a complete waste of time. The only reason why any med student goes to undergrad is because med schools require them to do it for screening and admission purposes. While you do need to know basic science for medical school I don't see why it can't be taught there.

In regards to medical education, a lot of is useful and is very specific, but honestly you learn so much that you forget everything once you are in your specialty. When you pick a specialty the residency learning curve is even greater and more intense then med school.

To me there seems to be a better way to do it. I look at physician assistants and nurse practitioners and how they are trained. Their graduate program is a total of 2 to 2.5 years followed by 0 residency. They go from their program to a real job (I'm jealous). They also can do pretty much everything a doctor does in the realm of general care. They can't be surgeons but other than that they can pretty much be involved in almost every field, although there are some where you need to be a DO or MD. So my advice to anyone who wants to be a doc is unless you need an MD or DO to do the particular care you want, do not go to medical school, rather go to PA school. A lot of people see PAs and nurse practitioners and have no idea that there is a difference. There is some arrogance among patients who are angry when they find out that the haven't seen an MD/DO, but seriously after 5-10 years of experience doing the same thing what is the difference a NP, PA or MD/DO?

But it is not just doctors that go through this and I signed up for it knowing what I was getting myself into and I would absolutely do it again. So many careers are like this. Like all careers, experience is king. The classroom will only give you background but until you apply it you have no idea what you are doing. It is just a shame that there is so much class room time involved for doctors.