Do you want to become a Doctor? If yes, this article will be of help to you. Here, I’ve covered various pros and cons that are related to this career. You’ll be able to make an informed choice (regarding your career) after reading this article.
Every job brings with it a set of pros and cons. If you want to build your career around a particular niche/sector/area, it would be a good idea to dig up details about the work conditions, salary, work timings etc.
Let us check out the pros first. Here we go –
1 Ability to help people
The main duty of a Doctor is to examine patients and treat them. Thanks to the nature of their work, Doctors are capable of helping people directly (through treatment).
Helping people this way (directly) is very gratifying!
2 Gain immense respect in the society
Doctors are revered and treated with respect in the society. It is not uncommon to see Doctors earn a special status and place in the society.
3 Monetary benefits
This career also provides monetary benefits along with work satisfaction and special status in the society. It is not uncommon to see Doctors earning huge salary at work setups like – government hospitals, private hospitals and own clinics.
4 Multiple job opportunities
Doctors have diverse job opportunities available in front of them. They may join work setups such as – government hospitals, private hospitals, clinics as well as NGOs. Self employment is another opportunity available in front of them.
5 Capability to uplift the society
Using their knowledge, Doctors may work for the benefit of needy and backward areas/communities. They have the power and knowledge to uplift the society.
Let us check out the cons now.
1 Long course duration & high fees
Becoming a Doctor is not an easy task. MBBS in the minimum qualification required to practice medicine in India. MBBS course is 5.5 years long. After MBBS comes advanced courses like MD, MS and super specialty courses.
Completing the above set of courses can take a long time (7-8 years).
Private Medical Colleges are very expensive. Government Medical Colleges don’t charge hefty fees. But thanks to fierce competition, it is very difficult to get into Government Medical Colleges.
2 Continuing education is necessary
In the above point, I mentioned that it usually takes 7-8 years to finish MBBS and MD/MS. Technically, a Doctor is a student for life! He/she has to keep oneself up-to-date with the latest developments taking place in the healthcare sector.
Each passing day brings with it an advanced medical technology. In short, one must continue education (learning) even after completing the academic program.
3 Long working hours
It is not uncommon to see Doctors working for long hours. Many Doctors go through extremely busy and hectic schedules. Marathon surgery sessions, midnight emergency calls, community work – such activities keep Doctors busy for long hours.
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Patients’ life and safety rests in Doctors hands! It is a huge responsibility. Eye for detail and concentration are things a Doctor should have. There is no room for error, when it comes to this profession (depending upon the specialty/specialization).
5 Stress and burnout (stressful lifestyle)
Points 3 and 4 combine to create lot of stress in Doctors’ lives. This often leads to burnout and tiredness. It is not uncommon to see Doctors having bad social and family life (due to their stressful work schedule).