I’m wanting to become a doctor and have some questions.?

I was hoping there was some doctors or some on here in the medical field that could help answer some of my questions about becoming a doctor? To help you answer some of my questions you should know I want to work at a hospital and in a few years go to private practice.

1. I know when your going through school your probably not going to have very much money and you’ll have to take out lots of loans for school and stuff, but after you’ve been a doctor for a while will you be able to pay everything back and start making a lot of money? Or do people over exaggerate about how much money doctors make?

2. This kinda goes with the first question and that’s how much money do doctors make a year and whats the average cost it is to go to school and stuff? Also how long do you have to go to school and be an intern?

3. Do you have any advice for me when I become a doctor or start going to collage to be one?

4. If your a doctor do you have time for family and friends or do you always have to put your job first? And are you always on call if your not working?

1. Income varies widely. Some physicians are closing practices because the expenses exceed the revenue (it costs a lot to run a medical practice, and insurances are not keeping up with increased costs). Other specialties are doing well at the moment, but that could change. If money is your motivating factor, try law or business.

2. If income is your motivating factor, look elsewhere. You’d be miserable and we don’t want you.

School – 4 yrs college, 4 yrs med school, residency (internship = first year of residency) is 3-7+ yrs. You pay for school, but start earning $ as a resident. Not much, but at least it stops the financial hemorrhage.

3. See #2 above. Be prepared to sacrifice your life for 7 or more years while you train. Learn proper English (college, not collage; you’re, not your) – details matter in medicine, and sloppy English is a sign of lack of attention to detail. People expect us to be perfect – you should expect nothing less of yourself.

4. Call depends on your practice situation. I do not currently take call. I have a practice situation that allows me to have free time. Your mileage may vary.



  • I also wanted to a doctor until i found out the details but anyway. 1. some loans you get you wont have to pay back because you are a doctor. doctors do make a lot. 2. i don’t know how much they make a year but the make upwards of 64 dollars an hour. you have to go to school 8 years and intern for 4 years and to be a specialist (plastic surgeon etc.) its an extra 2 years. 3. you have to be very devoted, its my 2nd year of college and im ready to quit. 4. most ppl do job first, i mean you cant call in when they are waiting on you to deliver someones baby……References :

  • Since your question involves a lot of salary questions and you’ve mentioned immediatly the prospect of private practice I refuse to answer this question as it seems you are just another Gold-Digging doctor ‘wannabe’. If moneys your motivation, we don’t want you. If its not than i apologise for being rude, however if money is your motivation I mean everything I write.References :

  • 1. Income varies widely. Some physicians are closing practices because the expenses exceed the revenue (it costs a lot to run a medical practice, and insurances are not keeping up with increased costs). Other specialties are doing well at the moment, but that could change. If money is your motivating factor, try law or business.

    2. If income is your motivating factor, look elsewhere. You’d be miserable and we don’t want you.

    School – 4 yrs college, 4 yrs med school, residency (internship = first year of residency) is 3-7+ yrs. You pay for school, but start earning $ as a resident. Not much, but at least it stops the financial hemorrhage.

    3. See #2 above. Be prepared to sacrifice your life for 7 or more years while you train. Learn proper English (college, not collage; you’re, not your) – details matter in medicine, and sloppy English is a sign of lack of attention to detail. People expect us to be perfect – you should expect nothing less of yourself.

    4. Call depends on your practice situation. I do not currently take call. I have a practice situation that allows me to have free time. Your mileage may vary.References : I’m a physician.


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