I'm currently a 2nd Semester Sophomore Psychology Major with an interest in Pre-Health. My current schooling is as follows:
Year 1, Semester 1:
2.6 Overall G.P.A.
Year 1, Semester 2:
3.1 Overall G.P.A.
Year 2, Semester 1:
3.4 Overall G.P.A.
I had pledged a fraternity my first semester at University, and obviously my G.P.A. took a hit, but my grades have only gone up and I am currently on track to receive a 4.0 this semester (with MTH142 and CHE102 in my schedule). I have completed 52 credits thus far and have been primarily interested in attending Medical School to pursue a career as a surgeon. My motivation is not financial; I want to better society and help people. To me, nothing says helping someone like cutting them open, fixing what could be a life-threatening ailment, and sewing them back up. I have very versatile abilities, ranging from extensive writing talent, to mathematical qualities.
I chose Psychology as a major because I believe that aside from the understanding of the universe, the two most important things humans can learn about are how their mind and their body work. I figured Psychology would enable me to learn about the brain/mind, and medical school would teach me about the body. As college has progressed, I've also acknowledged my extensive interest in psychoactive substances and their effects on humans. Some of my friends and family members have recommended I look into a career in Psychopharmacology, and after some research, I think that this also may be an interesting route to take academically, but I have various concerns. I still want to become a medical doctor, and I don't want that dream to die out. It's a prestigious occupation, it pays well, and most of all it is vastly rewarding. However, I feel my mathematical abilities may be going to waste in pursuing such a career, as would my interests in Psychopharmacology; particularly the engineering of substances that may aid in cognitive enhancement and therapy.
So I was basically wondering if there are doctors out there who, although may have achieved a degree which enables them to perform surgery, still find themselves doing research things that they are interested in. From what I've gathered, devoting your life to becoming a surgeon is a pretty limiting choice to make (due to the time and devotion required to succeed in the competitiveness in the field).
I'd also like some feedback on where I stand academically thus far, or any recommendations some of you with some experience in this field may have.