Youngin06 saidI graduated in May with a bachelors and i did the premed program. I am now studying to take the MCAT to take in September. Im at the point where Im not sure this is what I want to do anymore, I keep bouncing back and forth from it. Im not sure if i want to spend another 4 years in school plus residency whereas now I could find a job and move along with a career, and basically move on with my life sooner rather than later. And what if I dont get in? Should I pursue something else, or should i spend another year doing things to make my application look better? Im just not sure what to do anymore. Does anyone have any advice? I'm so lost.
Go for it. Medicine is a great career. It's not as gung-ho or as masochistic as it used to be even 15 years ago. It still is a waiting game. Medical training is hard, but then the things that are easy are not worth as much. Medicine is not instant gratification. You have to wait and put in a lot of work and make your body go through a lot of hardships. But you are 23 years old. Your body can take it. You probably have no family to support. You will have a lot of debt. But debt is small compared to what you will make throughout your lifetime.
You have less than 2 months to prepare for the MCAT. Don't take it in September if you are not prepared. You will waste about $230 and be discouraged. AMCAS wont' be taking applications until June 1st for the 2013-2014 season. You can still apply, but it is very late now to apply for 2012-2013 season. Your application won't be ready until Mid-November, it will take even longer to be verified by AMCAS and then receive secondaries and fill them out. A lot of schools have rolling admission and you will be competing for very few spots especially in a state like Massachusetts. AMCAS is also very expensive, along with the secondary fees and interview costs. In a bad economy like this, application numbers to AMCAS are very high and despite the increasing number of seats, very competitive.
Take the MCAT early in January or February or even March. You will have plenty of time to study and take practice tests and think about what you want to do. You will have a chance to shadow physicians, some research if you want to, or just time to go travel and relax or even a job. You can start preparing your letters of recommendation or committee letters and start writing your essays and looking into medical schools to apply for. Keep in mind most people apply to 12-15 schools.
I would strongly suggest you not apply for a spot in next year's class.
With that out of the way, there will be times, you will strongly regret your choice of being a physician. I don't think there is anyone who always had a great time. When it got to 3rd year and beyond, there was a lot of work and a lot of stress. My intern year was horrible. I HATED medicine. I hated my patients. I hated my colleagues. I hate myself and my life with every breath I took. I don't know how many times I stopped myself from jumping off the roof and ending the misery But you know what? It got better. I applied for another residency and now I'm in my last year.
People stay medicine is tough. It is. But more than 2/3 of physicians would choose medicine again if they had to do it over again. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/740086
Check out this report.
If you don't get in, work on your application, and apply again. A lot of people don't get in the first time. Being a PA is nice with good works hours and great compensation. But being a physician is different. The buck stops with you. If it turns out you don't want to practice medicine, there are many venues otherwise. You can go the academic route, or go into research, or go work for insurance companies, or drug sales, etc.
Good luck! If you have any questions, send me an email.