I was quite relieved to tumble over this forum! There are others out there like me!
I have Ph.D. in neurosciences, enjoy research. Yet, I have come to a conclusion that practice medicine is what I want to do until I cannot work any more (closer to 80, I hope). Since I have a husband and three kids, I must not rush without taking them in consideration.
There are few details that are scary, and I was hoping that someone out there may have time to clarify these issues for me:
- Money during the first 4 years: how much (or little if any) in general is calculated in student aid to cover living costs?
- How long are school days (in hours) in general?
- How much study time is needed per day?
Few other thoughts:
To ease my family’s economic burden as soon as possible after finishing school, I would consider rural programs . I would appreciate insights into those possibilities as well.
To Another guy in his late 40s: age itself does not stop me from doing what I wish, and like you, I will be a mature 50 year old when ready to start a new profession. It really is the time in between, the time of no money for the family that scares me the most.