I have a family question. I am 33 now, spent 10 years in the military as a pilot, and got my MBA last year. I would be 37 when I started med school and will have 2 kids and an amazingly supportive wife. I thought some of you may have some interesting view points. Assuming one gets into to medical and does 4 years plus min of 3 for residency…I have a couple of questions regarding the level of sacrifice on the family?
- How severe is the sacrifice, not on me, but on the spouse and children? (time away from Dad, finances, etc…)
- For those of you who have done this with a family…did you ever wrestle with guilt? I believe I can make whatever sacrifices necessary but I fear my endeavor could be asking too much sacrifice out of children. Of course, I don’t know, which is why I’m asking…someone once told me, “once you have kids, it’s all about them not you”…ironically, I desire medicine to contribute to society yet my fear is that is could hurt my own family.
Thanks for your honest inputs…I’m looking for the good, the bad, and the ugly.