I am interested in creating a series in my blog of people who have had the opportunity to go into medical school/medicine but instead chose another career path (whether because of circumstances or felt better career choices were available).
I created the following interview style questions to help:
Please provide some background about yourself: (age, sex, marital status, number of kids if any):
How old were you the first time you considered becoming a physician as a profession?
Were there any family members or close acquaintances in the medical field that may have helped foster your interest in medicine?
How far along were you in the path to become a physician when you first felt any doubts about your career choice? (high school, college, medical school, residency):
Was there anything in the educational path to become a physician that surprised you the most?
What were some of the factors that you weighed when considering whether or not to continue the path to becoming a physician?
Of these factors, which one did you feel had the most significant impact on your decision to leave the medical career path?
What aspect of medicine do you feel was the hardest to leave behind?
Please complete the following sentence: I would have stayed in medicine if only…..
What profession did you ultimately decide to pursue? What were some of your deciding factors that led you to choose this career?
Are you happy that you chose to pursue your current profession or do you have any lingering regrets about giving up a medical career as a physician?
As far as financial ramifications of your decision, do you feel you are currently financially ahead or behind where you would be if you indeed had become a doctor?
Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice of giving up a medical career?
If your child or a close family member confided in you that they were interested in becoming a physician, what advice would you give? Would you dissuade or encourage them along the medical path?
Any parting words to any of my readers who may be considering becoming a medical doctor?
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