1) What is a MD?
An MD is someone with a “medical doctorate” degree. MDs are medical doctors – you can find them operating in hospital operating rooms, spearheading cutting-edge cancer research, or tackling the front lines of primary care in rural communities.
2) Did you consider DO/NP/PA? Why did you ultimately choose to become a MD?
In this day and age, MDs and DOs are essentially interchangeable, though DOs have an emphasis on Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). By chance, I did not apply to any DO school. In terms of MD vs other medical providers, I opted to pursue an MD since the degree offers greater career versatility.
3) Do you ever regret not pursuing the other professions listed above?
Whenever I think about the extensive training beyond medical school, I sometimes pause and wonder whether medical school was the right choice. Training for all healthcare providers is grueling, and becoming a doctor is no exception. Medical school is four years long, followed by 3-7 years of residency depending on specialty. Many also go on to subspecialize with a fellowship, which is an additional 2-3 years. You have to be willing to sacrifice considerable time and effort to become a doctor. However, I truly believe it was the right career choice for me. As someone who favors a job that promotes an extensive knowledge base, strong independence, and expansive academic opportunities, MD offers the ideal flexibility and options.
4) Tell me a little about yourself!
I grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated from Rice University (go owls!). I am currently in my fourth year of medical school and in the process of applying to Pediatrics. When I grow up and become a “real adult,” I hope to become an adolescent medicine physician. I like to read, travel, and hang out with my cat named Cat during my free time.
5) Advice for students considering MD/DO/NP/PA?
Don’t be afraid to reach out and shadow healthcare providers to get a better idea of what each profession does on a day-to-day basis. Every provider serves an important role in healthcare. Weigh your priorities (time commitment, career mobility, healthcare setting) and see what career fits best for you!