Monday, December 15, 2008

Medical Education

By Shawn  Vuong

The decision to go to medical school is a big one.  Dr. Holm brings up a good point, why do people chose to go to medical school?  I think there are many reasons why a person would want to pursue medicine, but Dr. Holm hit the big one, "to help people."  

If you're interested or have a child who is interested in pursuing medicine that's great. But remember doctors are not the only ones who work in the health care field.  Physician assistants do similar work to that of a physician and have a lot of autonomy, schooling is also much shorter.  Nursing is a great career choice for those who want to work directly with patients.  Nurses are more involved in direct patient care than physicians, and if that's what gets you up in the morning consider nursing school. Also, with nursing school there is a lot of room for growth with nurse anesthetist programs, LPN programs, and many others. And there are much more than nurses and PA's, consider social workers, psychologists, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and many others.  

If you are interested in helping people, there is a wide variety of options out there not just medical school. 

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