Where should I go next? Medicine?

So, I just graduated from George Mason University with BA in communication and 3.8 GPA. I have great letters of recommendations, community service,…etc.

I always wanted to become a doctor, I would sit with a kid who is dying from cancer and just talk with him and not go to my graduation ceremony, that is how much I love it…The problem is, I am 23 and it will take me 2 years premedical, 4 years medical school to actually start practicing medicine, not to mention $ 150,000 loans, and the very low possibility of starting a family.

I am passionate about it, I love helping people more than anything in the world. But is it worth all the time and the money I will spend. Will I be able to do alone as I don’t have a family close by or a husband/boyfriend?

Thank you
Yes, I know about the residency but at least you will get paid during that time and actually start practicing in real life situations

Assalaamu alaykum sister,

If you are willing to sacrifice provided you have the means of paying the fees without taking out riba (interest bearing) loans, and if you choose to pursue the cause of helping people for the pleasure of God, then no doubt you will find yourself capable to doing it, God-willing, as well as having a family.

It requires a lot of sacrifice. And as the other answerer mentioned, thankless work in this world at least perhaps to a greater degree than you might realise.

76. Surah Al-Insan (Man or Time)

8. And they give food, inspite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to Miskin (poor), the orphan, and the captive,

9. (Saying): "We feed you seeking Allah’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.

10. "Verily, We fear from our Lord a Day, hard and distressful, that will make the faces look horrible (from extreme dislikeness to it)."

11. So Allah saved them from the evil of that Day, and gave them Nadratan (a light of beauty) and joy.

12. And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient.



  • Umm, I have bad news for you. Not only will you need two years of pre-med for your background courses and 4 years of medical school, you will also need 3-6 years of a residency program, especially if you plan to treat pediatric oncology patients. It’s a lifetime commitment, and the school is quite expensive, and the money is good after a while but not when you’re starting out as a resident. Wanting to help people is admirable but there are many ways to do that. Wanting to become a physician requires more. It requires a real dedication to the years of study and learning and thankless work.References :

  • Assalaamu alaykum sister,

    If you are willing to sacrifice provided you have the means of paying the fees without taking out riba (interest bearing) loans, and if you choose to pursue the cause of helping people for the pleasure of God, then no doubt you will find yourself capable to doing it, God-willing, as well as having a family.

    It requires a lot of sacrifice. And as the other answerer mentioned, thankless work in this world at least perhaps to a greater degree than you might realise.

    76. Surah Al-Insan (Man or Time)

    8. And they give food, inspite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to Miskin (poor), the orphan, and the captive,

    9. (Saying): "We feed you seeking Allah’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.

    10. "Verily, We fear from our Lord a Day, hard and distressful, that will make the faces look horrible (from extreme dislikeness to it)."

    11. So Allah saved them from the evil of that Day, and gave them Nadratan (a light of beauty) and joy.

    12. And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient.References :


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