How to quit medicine and still be on my feet?
August 9, 2008 7:34 AM Subscribe
What can an overworked English BA do now that he has realized Medicine was a ginormous mistake and he wants out of his residency?
I was initially an undergrad education major, then decided I wanted to "challenge" myself and did premed on top of an English/Writing BA.
Now I've been to medical school--partially scholarship-funded, so I'm only ~$100,000 in the hole (my colleagues are much, much deeper). I did my intern year at a marvelous place that was just tolerable enough I could get through it for all the supposed benefits a completed intern year gives you, such as eligibility for a license, real work experience, etc.
The whole time in intern year though, and even before, I strongly suspected medicine was not right for me. Now I have started a new residency and it's horrible. I can't stand being there and I can't see toughing through three years of it just to be an attending physician, which I no longer think I'd even like.
Really, I'm tired of climbing up the medical professional hierarchy and each rung hoping it'll be better and finding instead that it's much worse.
So, but what are my options if I quit? I'm married and it would be hard to adjust to a salary less than $40,000 (she's not working yet).
Yes, the job market sucks and I should be glad just to have a place that pays me, but I truly find every single day execrable and without redeeming qualities. If I go on like this, I'll be a miserable, depressed, divorced, and alcoholic grump.
They say medical training really only prepares you to be a physician--but what can I look for in a moderately large metropolitan area with the heterogeneous education I've got?