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Was anyone deciding between medical school and consulting? I've taken a detour from pursuing medical school to go into consulting. Idk if I'm making a mistake or not after reading Fishbowl.

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I debated about it for a very long time. I like medicine and healthcare, in general. But I didn't listen to the advice of my family (all doctors) and the folks I've shadowed where they said "if you can see yourself do anything else, do that instead". So I spent my first year torn in multiple directions wanting to pursue side businesses and hobbies and a lot of other things but all I had time for was medicine. As much as I love healthcare, I'm not married to it and can't devote my entire life to it. So I made a decision to try and approach healthcare from a non-clinical lens and joined consulting. My end goal is to exit out of consulting later down the road into executive roles within the biotech industry. I will say though, that the one thing I struggle with daily until now is the lack of direct impact I have on society in consulting vs. medicine. Still haven't come at peace with that.

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The impact is there, it's just indirect. Like you said, hospitals are a business at the end of the day. If you come in and help streamline processes that bring in more patients without affecting the turnover rate, so that each patient is still getting quality time with their providers, then that's an impact right there. Implementing EMR systems is an impact, having all patient records in a cloud based system for accurate data has shown that it reduces misdiagnoses and increases confidence when you know all relevant information is correct. Helping a pharma/biotech company launch their product into the market is an impact. They're all impacts and you can argue that you can even reach more people through these examples than through direct patient care. It's just "different".

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One more thing, I've been in consulting for 3 years now. Doing the math, most of peers from med school just wrapped up their 4th year and are about to start residencies. I won't lie and say it was easy, I've had A LOT of what ifs and keep replaying scenarios of me continuing down the med school path in my head that keep me up at night. But at the end of the day, life is a series of decisions that come with their own set of pros/cons. Consulting has allowed me to travel the world while I'm still in my 20s, I have enough disposable money to buy anything I want/need and I met my girlfriend (now fiancée)

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I completed my first year of medical school then dropped out and joined consulting. Keep in mind people use fishbowl to vent. I bet if there was a fishbowl for med students or residents or doctors, you'd see some of the same stuff.

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Thank you for sharing that. I fear the impact factor similarly. My rationale was to do consulting for 2 years and decide then whether I would pursue medical school. I was also thinking that consulting could lead to direct people impact as hospitals (and every single industry) are essentially a business. Do you think consulting could make similar impact (from the economic, logistic, operations standpoint) as a doctor can with a patient? Or am I naive/delusional?

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How long have you all been in consulting? Is consulting fulfilling/intellectually challenging enough?

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Prior to joining consulting I worked with a physician group and a surgical group doing office stuff and shadowing them. I realized I didn't like their day to day life and flipped to EHR consulting. Happy I did both.

I went to medical school... Then transitioned to consulting. Very different. Depends on your goals... What are your goals? $$$, prestige, challenge, something completely different?

What made you guys drop out? Why the switch? For me, money is good but not everything. I just want to be comfortable and not have to worry about it very much. I need a challenge or I'd get bored. Basically it.

I was in the same boat, finished premed and then went into consulting because I wasn't sure if I wanted to commit the next 8 years unless I was absolutely certain. I still think about it but there are so many other short term things I want to try - startups, nonprofits, work abroad. Just wrapped up a project at a major hospital doing EHR work and it didn't sway me more into medicine after seeing how much documentation physicians do compared to patient face-time. I'm also not sure if the clinical setting is for me, it's a bit depressing to see mostly sick and elderly patients day in and day out. Still on the back burner though, but honestly if I don't jump for the chance to study for the MCATs I think there are other things I am prioritizing.

Op I'm in my third year. It's challenging in a different way. I never imagined myself in business because of the politics involved and navigating this world is something that does not come naturally to me. The content or knowledge applicable to this work isn't insurmountable, it takes experience and time, but I don't find the work as fulfilling as say, a nonprofit might.

Not intellectually challenging but more physically and politically

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