I am a 35 year old man, who is returning to undergraduate school in January to finish my biology degree. Recently, I had a “if I could go back…” moment, and realized that maybe my youthful ambition of becoming a doctor is not yet out of reach.
I am divorced, with 3 kids from my first marriage that I see every other weekend and most holidays, and engaged to be married next month. My kids are 16, 11, and 4.
I spoke to a practicing neurologist, and his opinion is that this is a bad idea, for the following reasons:
- Every year there is a new layer of regulation that makes it harder to do his job (HIPAA, CMS, etc.).
- His practice pays about $40K per year in malpractice insurance.
- I will never see my kids.
- Most likely I will get divorced again.
- I will likely be 60 years old before I pay off my school loans (he estimated $300 - $400K).
Obviously this has me discouraged. He suggested I find a PA program, which I guess is a better option considering all of the reasons above, but I just can’t help but think that I will regret not going for it now.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your replies.