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

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, 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
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  2. summary of the video
    1. your family forced you to go into medicine
    2. you’re impatient with people
    3. you are unable to work hard
    4. medicine isn’t your focus and passion

  3. I am thinking about being an anesthesiologist, as a back up plan if my dream doesn’t work out. Not cause I like it, but it pays very very well and I could work wherever I wanted in the world. . I am thinking that i would grow into it and eventually like it. So I am thinking that when I graduate, I could take sometime off and work on my dream before going into med school. Should I stick to my plan or do something else entirely

  4. Holy shit I have more memorization skill than critical thinking and I’m almost done with nursing school i so bad wanna be a D.O

  5. Oh god the parents pressure is so fucked up

    My parents tell me to choose whatever I want claiming that they'll be supportive but once I tell them what I want they change their mind and become agressive. It's mike they want me to be a doctor

  6. Most doctors in my country Mexico are THOSE type of people and it sucks, they are shit and murderers. Also they are very ugly and brown

  7. My family all works in the medical field, and im still confused here. Seems like the pressure is dragging me into a not so fit area. :< I hope I can really really figure out what I want.

  8. There are two reasons here for me to not take medical. I have even told my parents but they are not ready to listen. Even two of my cousins didn't wanted to take up medical but they did it and they are earning well. So am I. And I don't even know the other thing in which I interest so going for medical as per my parents

  9. I’ve actually been wanting to become a cardio surgeon ever since I was little. I don’t care how long I’ll be in school for.

  10. the only problem is hard work i didn’t have great grades in high school so i had to go to community but growing up, i know how to limit myself. i have great worth ethic and memorization but not so great with critical thinking, but for my first year in college i’m trying to get at least 3.7 gpa which is impossible for me but i won’t give up the major and if everything goes well i will continue it and pursue the medical field. and if not i have two 2 more different paths of jobs that accept biology majors that don’t require med school.

  11. Hahaha according to this video i'm not supposed to b in med school… But I still ENJOY medical field & the tones of knowledge…..

  12. I’ve been contemplating med school but feel like I’m not smart enough to do so I always wanted to make medicine and study infectious disease they got together I love science but it takes me longer to catch on

  13. but what if, and listen okay, what if i still decided to go into the medical field even though if you told me not to

  14. I’m deciding between becoming a nurse or a PA so this was really helpful. Nursing would allow me to pursue my secondary interest in public health, but medicine would allow me to pursue my secondary interest in neuroscience. Medicine would allow me to do research AND clinical practice, but nursing would result in more time spent helping patients face-to-face. I have so many interests and they’re all related to the medical field, but I don’t know how to choose which healthcare profession is best for me.

  15. Great, I'm getting my results of the entrance exam in a few days and I am so nervous, I hoped this video would put me off a bit but it only encouraged me more 🙁

  16. i agree about everything but there are so many doctors joining the research ?What about that ,you can also end up there as a doctor why nobody is talking about that?

  17. I agree on all the points but I have to disagree on the people person one. You absolutely don’t have a to be people’s person to be successful. You have to have a minimill dealing with people but you absolutely don’t have to very open and friendly and nice and willing to strike up conversations. It’s not the style of the work at all.

  18. My parents are telling me not to go to school because they think i would not make it throught.In my country medical school is slightly different…its 6 years and rezidency 4…i guess,and you have to take an exam of 100 questions of anatomy and chemistry,fuck my country

  19. I already knew that there was no way I wanted to go to med school, but I watched this anyway just to be safe.

  20. I started out with Chemical Technology (had to learn German since I pursued the course in Germany), with the intention of going into Pharmaceuticals (researching and developing new meds) and found that I had absolutely no interest in it after a year of pursuing the course. Just switched my course to Mechanical Engineering. Why am I suddenly so interested in Medicine? There's a 0% chance that I could ever pursue Medicine at this stage of my life, so here I am, trying to convince myself that med school is not for me; especially not when my interest in medicine was triggered after I read 'When Breath Becomes Air'.

  21. I watched a story on TV about how doctors go to med school on student loans, then never pay the loans back. What are you gonna do, ruin my credit? Bitch I'm a doctor I dont need credit

  22. The moment he said if you hate ppl I’m just like Ummmmmmmmmm. I don’t HATE ppl but like I get annoyed rly easily

  23. I wish if only my parents could understand me😭😭😭 They have been forcing me to become a doctor since high school even though I never had the slightest interest in the field.Currently I'm an undergrad student majoring in chemistry and I wanna become a chemist/pharmacist. I'm really interested in drugs and staff. But my family really don't understand that. My mom even bought a bunch of MCAT books for me to start studying but I really don't want to 😭😭😭 They adore me a lot and understands me pretty well but when it comes to this matter it's like I'm really bound to listen to them otherwise they would probably cut off relations with me and never forgive me😭😭😭 Someone please tell me what should I do??

  24. Wait did this video really suggest med school doesn’t require critical thinking? I think that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

  25. 1) No pressure i just like being a doctor.
    2) I don’t mind a few questions but i would get a little frustrated if the question take more than 5 minutes of my time.
    3) I like to memorize things i can memorize a chapter in under an hour (which to me is quite impressive) although i do want a part time job to help my parents pay for my college tuition.
    4) I don’t really like businesses so that’s not an issue.

    Wooo 🥳 i can go to med school, although thinking about the first day at the hospital kinda makes me anxious. I don’t know if that’s normal

  26. Foreign parents (especially Asian) usually pressure, FORCE their kids to be a doctor so they can brag to relatives, friends, and coworkers. And these parents use FaceBook to pressure their kids. They would put their kids' photos in FB at a young age wearing Halloween's doctor white coat with a stethoscope around his/her neck and say "she likes to become a doctor ever since she was a little girl"…LOL and would write long notes in the FB about how good she /he will be when they become a doctor. Too much pressure for children with Asian parents. I wish the kid be strong and choose her own career:( what she ….really love to do…. One Vietnamese kid actually KILLED his mother because he quit during residency year because he wanted to be a Pharmacist and she was yelling at him, talking down to him. You can check out this care on google, yahoo or YouTube's news. Sad. He's in jail right now. Such a very sad story. Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern's mothers. You guys need to stop pressure your kid NOW. Leave them ALONE!

  27. I am already in the med school. But now I don't like medicine. When I see this video this is exactly me. What should I do?

  28. I want to be a psychiatrist realllyyyyyy bad and it’s the only career I can see myself doing but I just don’t want to go to medical school. I know I can just psychologist but I don’t like that so much

  29. “No hard work, medicine is not your main focus, 9-5 and five days per week… then medicine is not the right choice for you.”

    Psychiatry, Ophthalmology and Dermatology: “Allow me to introduce myself”

  30. I never thought about becoming a doctor, and i'm not that fine with blood, but i see so many malnourished people in my area, and generally people who suffer from diseases that they could not afford to treat. I just want to help people for free, is this too much of a fantasy? I'm honestly lost about where i should go with my life, i just want to be of help.

  31. My dad is a radiologist and he has been practicing for 40+ years, he is one of my role models, and I wanna fallow in his foot steps, I make average gardes with around a 3.5 gpa as a sophomore, I feel like I wouldn’t be able to do it, I have a minor learning disability, know as auditory processing disorder, so it takes me a while to fully understand things and wrap my mind around them, this really makes me doubt myself and it’s very discouraging

  32. I don't fall under any of these categories besides the first. I've been brainwashed to become a doctor ever since I was a kid so I've never even given thought to any other career options. I'm starting med school next week and it's only now that it's really sinking in. Do I want to do this? Yes. But I feel like I've been forced into it. My parents could see my hesitance while I was going through the registration process for school and they said "you've been telling everyone that you want to be a doctor since you were 4, why is it a problem now?". I'm a bit annoyed that they don't see they've forced me into this, but whatever. I love helping people, I love the satisfaction I get when helping people and I want to make advancements in the health sector in my country. I just wished the choice was mine in the first place.

  33. Doctor here (orthopedic surgeon) – here are my toughts about this list:
    1. Completely agree.
    2. You don't really need to like talking to people – but you need to be (or learn to be) tolerant and patient with scared people who are worried about their loved ones.
    3. Disagree completely. Yes, med school is hard, the amount of work you need to put in and the sheer amount of information you need to remember is shocking, but you can adjust to it if you really want to be a doctor. I was "allergic to hard work" but I loved most (almost all) subjects and studying was actually fun. Once you understand WHY you need to remember all that info, it will get a lot easier. I STRONGLY DISAGREE on the intelligence part. A good memory will get you through med school, but if you lack clinical thinking and the ability to link the information you memorised, you'll be a bad doctor and you'll have trouble during residency. I had two colleagues drop out of during the first year because of this. If you're an intelligent individual you can train your memory if you're motivated enough. Training your logic and ability to create links and see patterns in the information at your disposal is much harder.
    4. Depends on your specialty. Some doctors have loads of free time. Others don't. As a surgeon, I operate 3 days a week. In those days I get off work between 5 and 8 pm, depending on how long individual procedures take. Usually I'm home by 6:30 PM. The other two are very relaxed so I usually get home by 2-3 PM (We start at 7:00). My brother in law is a radiologist. He has fixed work hours – 7 AM to 2 PM – so he's always home by 3 PM. No surgery, no rounds, little to no time spent talking with patients.

  34. My mom thinks that I should be a nurse and I also want to be nurse. Will it still happen with the parental pressure rule

  35. ….adding on. If you think black people have thicker skin than the “regular” (white) person, thick homosexuality or being trans is a disease, or you’re a narcissist who thinks you’re God’s gift to earth and refuse to hear what anyone else has to say, just racist/prejudice in general, don’t apply to medical school! As a matter of fact, pray to God you release that hate from your heart and learn to love other people for what you are and not the image of inferiority you’ve built in your head.

  36. what it means to be a doctor?
    1. when you see yourself doing nothing else.
    2 you are willing to sacrifice EVERYTHING and I mean everything. forget your family, friends, timeline, future plans, forget kids, marriage and the white picket fence.
    3. You actually LOVe helping others. You have volunteered at the age care centre, cancer society, you have helped the sick and the ill. You have compassion, empathy.
    4. You can read people, you know how to interact with people from every background and you can relate in an empathetic manner.
    5. You are in medicine – not for the money, the title or the prestige. After 1 million dollar in debt and 13 years of schooling believe me, the money in medicine isn't worth it.
    6. You can study – you will be studying everyday 12-16 hours a day for pre-med and medicine if you want the grades.
    7. you can handle stress – push aside everything in your life, you will be on your feet for 10 hours at least 8am – 6pm everday during rotations and residency.
    8. You can block out emotions – sure relate to your patients but you wont have time to process the tragedies in your life ( death sickness, breakups you name it , life will fall apart)
    9. I can assure you 90% of medical students are miserable and 60% on anti-depressants, yet they are pushing through.
    10. The glory of medicine is too addictive – 10,000 applicant apply each year for medical entrance exams costing 500 AUDD. <1000 places in australia, 19 medical school. 8 Hour long entrance exam, most people can't even finish the exam… yet pre-med students keep trying year after year, sometimes 10 times and no success.
    11. You love a good challenge – Have you ever been called " difficult"?, "stubborn"? well maybe you are in the right field. Be assertive, be Confident and challenge what you know is right!
    12. Don't let ANYONE tell you who you are or what you should be doing – You don't have a timeline. If this is your passion and your grades aren't ideal, keep pushing through if being a DOCTOR is all you see yourself as.
    13. Believe you can and you WILL.

  37. i don't following my parent to be med . i follow my heart and i'm now in vet school .thank you god 💕💕💕💕💕

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