MD vs PhD workload

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Just wondering what the workload is like when you compare the two? As much as I like pure science, sometimes i figure if i'm doing all this schoolwork for a PhD why not just get an MD and make a ton of money instead?
 

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If you aren't interested in being a doctor or a scientist, you'll fail miserably at both. Don't be bloody lazy. If you like pure science, then the courseload will be fun for you, so what exactly is the problem?
 
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Just wondering what the workload is like when you compare the two? As much as I like pure science, sometimes i figure if i'm doing all this schoolwork for a PhD why not just get an MD and make a ton of money instead?
What makes you think MDs make (net) a lot of money? The cost of getting to the MD is quite high.

And do you have a passion for medicine? Do you enjoy patient contacts and helping people who need help? Do you have any experience or exposure to working in the health care field?
 
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not in healthcare - but i hate customer service and whiny ppl
 
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What makes you think MDs make (net) a lot of money? The cost of getting to the MD is quite high.
Don't doctors do really well?
 
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Don't doctors do really well?
I think in the long term, most do okay. In the short term, I think many are in substantial debt from loans to pay for their education. There have been some threads discussing this... I'll see if I can find the discussions...
 
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not in healthcare - but i hate customer service and whiny ppl
And you don't think you'll be dealing with some whiny people as a doctor? I work part-time in healthcare (as an EMT), and that expectation is not very realistic, IMO.
 

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