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  1. What a supportive group of people on this forum. THANK you ALL very much!
  2. What a supportive group of people on this forum. THANK you ALL very much!
  3. I would maybe like to defer...but it might be kind of awkward telling them that I need time to decide if it's really for me or not after I begged and pleaded to get in. I honestly am burnt out, but am resting up a lot this year and have all summer to relax. I think you make an awesome point about the grass being always greener. To be honest, if I don't go to med school, then this coming fall I know I will regret it. If I go to med school, I will be thinking...man, I wish I had some time off and was applying to PA programs right now. Damned if you do, damned if you don't! I just need to make a decision already. Thank you for the advice and support everyone. Sorry for the neuroticism...
  4. I would maybe like to defer...but it might be kind of awkward telling them that I need time to decide if it's really for me or not after I begged and pleaded to get in. I honestly am burnt out, but am resting up a lot this year and have all summer to relax. I think you make an awesome point about the grass being always greener. To be honest, if I don't go to med school, then this coming fall I know I will regret it. If I go to med school, I will be thinking...man, I wish I had some time off and was applying to PA programs right now. Damned if you do, damned if you don't! I just need to make a decision already. Thank you for the advice and support everyone. Sorry for the neuroticism...
  5. I was indeed refering to SDN, and certain blogs that basically tell you to run as fast as you can away from the field of medicine. I really don't think I have read 1 positive thing about medicine as a profession on that website. I am literally baffled to the point where a part of me wonders if a lot of it is actually true... It's almost like they are trying to save people from a life of doom. I haven't been through the whole journey, so I can't just blatantly say they are wrong, but I don't understand what the deal is with all the negativity. Maybe I sound naive again hah, and maybe the med school journey really is extremely taxing and burn-out prone. This is where I continue to get stuck. I know its foolish to base my decision based on a bunch of those people bashing medicine on the internet (okay maybe remind me of that again since I don't listen to myself ....) but I cannot help get influenced by all of the negativity floating around out there. It's hard not to
  6. I was indeed refering to SDN, and certain blogs that basically tell you to run as fast as you can away from the field of medicine. I really don't think I have read 1 positive thing about medicine as a profession on that website. I am literally baffled to the point where a part of me wonders if a lot of it is actually true... It's almost like they are trying to save people from a life of doom. I haven't been through the whole journey, so I can't just blatantly say they are wrong, but I don't understand what the deal is with all the negativity. Maybe I sound naive again hah, and maybe the med school journey really is extremely taxing and burn-out prone. This is where I continue to get stuck. I know its foolish to base my decision based on a bunch of those people bashing medicine on the internet (okay maybe remind me of that again since I don't listen to myself ....) but I cannot help get influenced by all of the negativity floating around out there. It's hard not to
  7. thank you, kooljessie2007 for the nice words of wisdom :-)
  8. thank you, kooljessie2007 for the nice words of wisdom :-)
  9. Thank you everyone. I am well aware of my naivity in thinking that a PAs have a better lifestyle. I think it's because most of the PAs I shadow seem to have great work-life balance. The doctors I shadow have been internal medicine hospitalists and the PAs Ive shadowed happened to be convienent care, so i'm thinking that has a liiiitle bit to do the ideas that get planted in my head. Also I think what was sort of drawing me in to the PA profession was the idea of being done with school earlier...Not going to lie I became a little burnt out after last year with mcat physics biochem etc all smushed into a few months. And it's not that I dont want to do a residency- it's more about the HORROR stories that I read all over the internet from people referring to residency as slavery. It's normal to be concerned and to consider that before taking on the huge committment of the journey to becoming a physician. Great points about the acceptance being in hand. Sure does feel good, and who knows if Id get into PA school. I only received 2 med school interviews (applied to only 6) It's all such a crapshoot sometimes!
  10. Thank you everyone. I am well aware of my naivity in thinking that a PAs have a better lifestyle. I think it's because most of the PAs I shadow seem to have great work-life balance. The doctors I shadow have been internal medicine hospitalists and the PAs Ive shadowed happened to be convienent care, so i'm thinking that has a liiiitle bit to do the ideas that get planted in my head. Also I think what was sort of drawing me in to the PA profession was the idea of being done with school earlier...Not going to lie I became a little burnt out after last year with mcat physics biochem etc all smushed into a few months. And it's not that I dont want to do a residency- it's more about the HORROR stories that I read all over the internet from people referring to residency as slavery. It's normal to be concerned and to consider that before taking on the huge committment of the journey to becoming a physician. Great points about the acceptance being in hand. Sure does feel good, and who knows if Id get into PA school. I only received 2 med school interviews (applied to only 6) It's all such a crapshoot sometimes!
  11. Hey everyone, So I know this sounds ridiculous, but I was accepted to medical school (didn't apply to PA though) this year and am having the hardest time deciding whether or not I am really willing to commit to the training and lifestyle of a physician (I know it sounds ridiculous and you're probably thinking- why the heck did you apply to med school then) To be honest, it really was something that I wanted and worked very hard for these past 3 years. Within the last year, however, my priorities have changed and I really have begun to enjoy having more of a balance in my life as Ive finished up all the prereqs and have some more free time as I am about to graduate college. I am not in any way saying that going PA would be an easier way out, but it is true that I would be done with school sooner and would not have the demands of a residency. I have 1000+hours of HCE as a CNA med surg floor, shadowed docs and PAs, and still cannot for the life of me decide. I have weighed every single pro and con about 1000 times, yet still am split 50/50 on what to do. Do any of you have any words of wisdom in helping me make a decision? I realize that I can't base my decision on other peoples' opinions, but any insight will help me decide what's best. Thanks!!
  12. Hey everyone, So I know this sounds ridiculous, but I was accepted to medical school (didn't apply to PA though) this year and am having the hardest time deciding whether or not I am really willing to commit to the training and lifestyle of a physician (I know it sounds ridiculous and you're probably thinking- why the heck did you apply to med school then) To be honest, it really was something that I wanted and worked very hard for these past 3 years. Within the last year, however, my priorities have changed and I really have begun to enjoy having more of a balance in my life as Ive finished up all the prereqs and have some more free time as I am about to graduate college. I am not in any way saying that going PA would be an easier way out, but it is true that I would be done with school sooner and would not have the demands of a residency. I have 1000+hours of HCE as a CNA med surg floor, shadowed docs and PAs, and still cannot for the life of me decide. I have weighed every single pro and con about 1000 times, yet still am split 50/50 on what to do. Do any of you have any words of wisdom in helping me make a decision? I realize that I can't base my decision on other peoples' opinions, but any insight will help me decide what's best. Thanks!!
  13. So true! Who knows what I'll end up doing...just dreaming now...but priority is to get into PA school this coming cycle! EEK!!
  14. That's so cool that you are a EMT. If I could go back, I might have done EMT over CNA. Everytime I go down the ED in our hospital, I get a total rush and want to work there! Good luck!! Let me know what you end up doing, Definitely going to be weird living at home with rents again, but will also be weird being a non-college student on campus...guess either way it's going to be an adjustment.
  15. The second I get accepted (hopefully) to PA school next year, I am jumping on a plane to Europe. who's with me!?
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