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Shhh…I’m not sure I want to be a doctor…

photo2Dear Mr. Moody,

I am a rising sophomore and am a premed student. I’ve taken some sciences and I’ve done well. But the more I think about medical school…well, I’m just not sure it’s for me. It’s such a huge time commitment! And debt! And I’ve got other things I’d like to do during the next seven years, like travel abroad and maybe have a family and just enjoy things that I might not have time for if I stay on this premed track.

What do I do?

Confusingly yours,


Dear Not Sure,

I hear you! Medical school is a huge commitment of time and money! It’s not for everyone, and not because they aren’t good enough, but because there are other things in life that are really important that medical school might get in the way of. So, my advice to you is to explore! Do you like the idea of serving people in a health-related setting? If so, there are SO many options out there that may allow you to pursue other important life goals. One great tool for exploring those options is www.explorehealthcareers.org. It’s well organized and easy to use. You can look into the basics about anything from pharmacy to dietetics to physical therapy. Speaking of physical therapy, did you know there will be a health professions panel at GW on September 25th? I hear there will be a physical therapist, nurse, physician assistant, and others there. RSVP here to reserve your spot! You’re the perfect audience!

Hang in there. There is absolutely no shame in departing from the premed track. It’s not for everyone!

Clarifyingly yours,

Mr. Moody


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