I am a current college sophomore studying biology and minoring in neuroscience and French. As of right now, I am on the pre-med track and am taking all of the pre-med requirements. I am a bit torn because ultimately, I don’t know if being a doctor is something I TRULY would want for my future.
I absolutely love science and learning, and interacting with people (specifically children!) is something that really drew me to becoming a doctor working with the pediatric population in some way. I know that I would find that extremely rewarding.
I constantly get hung up on how long and hard the path through medical school is, and pediatricians are paid far less than other specialties. I want to travel and have a family/life outside of work, but also have a very rewarding career. I started training to be a medical scribe, but am unsure if I should follow through since I’m not sure if placement is possible with covid-19. I have not shadowed any doctors thus far or worked at a hospital, so I feel like I’m out of the loop or getting behind with my extracurriculars and it has been stressing be out!
I have done research this summer (It was genetics/bioinformatics based and my heart wasn’t fully in that - maybe it’s just the research topic I was doing). I think I am just looking for some advice about other potential careers, or what some next steps should be to truly decide if being a doctor is the career for me. I also love psychology and have volunteered as a crisis text line counselor, so I have also considered genetic counseling.
There’s a bunch of careers I’d like to explore (genetic counseling, food scientist, maternal/fetal epidemiologist), I just am feeling very confused and overwhelmed right now. Either way, I want to work directly with the public/people/children. I love to plan things out and have a solid path, so this has definitely been bothering me for awhile.
Any advice (about pre-med, med school, other careers, motivation, etc.) I would really really appreciate!