This is my first post on the site. I have enjoyed reading the stories and gleaning from the wealth of wisdom and perspective from the members here.
I am here seeking more of that wisdom and perspective.
I am a speech pathology (SLP) student with a great interest in medicine. My main area of interest in SLP is Medical SLP (dysphagia, TBI, CNS, rehab, etc.)
In February of 2012 I will be applying for a PhD program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD).
Currently, I work as a research assistant for a professor at the university I attend. I am in the honors program with my college and am on the Dean’s List for academic achievement.
All of that said to say, I am a shoe-in for the PhD program. This is an opportunity which will take 6 years to complete, but will give me Clinical Certification and the credentials to teach in a professorship, as well as, possibly, hold a research/leadership position in a hospital (currently interested in Mayo, St. Jude’s, and Vanderbilt University Medical).
Anyway, my fiance is a family doctor (she is 1 year out of her residency), and, having spent lots of quality time with her, her doctor friends, and joining her (with HIPAA approval of course) on home visits and such, I have developed a strong interest in medicine.
I am 27 years old. I have already accepted the reality of being in school for 7 more years (final year before the PhD and then the 6 years in that program).
What I want the help of this community with is what everyone thinks about changing courses and pursuing medicine.
Keep in mind that, from the mouths of my professors, I have a guaranteed position in the doctoral program at my school; how wise is it, then, to shelve that certainty and put my focus on a very uncertain chance at getting into a medical school somewhere?
That’s the main concern here, I think.
- Certainty of PhD and a phenomenal career as a medical speech path and professor.
- Uncertainty of applying to and actually getting accepted to medical school, while adding 3-4 years of residency to my education, and finishing when I’m near 40.
Now, the other difficulty for me with pursuing medicine is that I will have to, after this school year, go somewhere to complete pre med coursework (1 yr. chem, 1 semester physics, 1 yr. calculus, and 1 yr. bio].
So before I can apply to med school, I have a 2 year commitment to pre med classes.
Please give me any sort of perspective, insight, opinion, direction, and wisdom you have. I covet your feedback.
[Side Note: I have spoken at length with my fiance. She has expressed unending support and affirmation. Her only concern was how grueling medical school was for everyone involved, saying she would not go back and do it again. She said, if I consider that and still want to do it, I should do it.]
Thanks for all your help! I’m glad to join this community with all of you and be a small part of your journeys.