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  1. Which schools' FM residencies are more manageable? What's the structure at those programs?
  2. Are you in med school/residency/practicing? I've heard family med residency can be gruelling with lots of hours too. And if you're just coasting through your training only aiming to pass, can you even be a good doctor?
  3. I don't have any passion for medicine. I see it as a stable job with high income and a good service to the community. On the forum, I see posts from some people who have my mindset, and others who think that passion is important. What are your thoughts? Did you know students who started with no passion and later gained it (e.g., during clerkship or residency)? Or alternatively, are they now miserable in their careers? Thanks!
  4. Thanks for the advice. Is everyone passionate about medicine? I thought a lot of people go into medicine simply because it's a good career (stable, high-paying). It has a lot of perks that other careers don't have. In general, I don't know many people who are passionate about their jobs. Do you know people who did medicine without any passion for it? What happened to them? None of my passions could lead to a career, so I'm trying to pick a career for more practical reasons and see my job as a means to an end.
  5. Thanks a lot for your reply. My thoughts: 1. I have friends in data science. They all started at ~60k and within 2-3 years hit 120-130k. They also get benefits, vacation, sick days, etc., so it's a nice gig. I just don't know if/how it changes as their career progresses. Some people warn me that data science, and tech in general, is a very volatile field and that the bubble could burst at any time. 2. I don't see myself working a ridiculous amount to make these numbers. I'm guessing some of those people are rural, doing pain clinics, very high volume walk-ins, etc. I'm not interested in having no life for extra money, but it's nice to know that the option is there. I'm just assuming that I'll be average and make average numbers (which in Ontario, is closer to 200-250k). 3. Yeah, that's the big question: Could I do reasonably well as a data scientist in the years it would take to finally become a family doctor? I guess I could aim for a 3-year program to make it a little quicker.
  6. I am lucky to have strong credentials for a career either in data science or medicine. None of my passions are realistic career options, so I just want a career that pays off the most in terms of work-life balance and salary, and gives me time for family and hobbies outside of work. I think I have the skills for either job, so I would appreciate your thoughts on deciding between data science vs. becoming a family doctor. Data science I know that the starting salary is around 50-65k and within 2-3 years will be at 120-130k. I'm not sure how it changes from there with more experience. My colleagues in data science are working around 40 hours per week and seem to not be that stressed. But again, they're all early in their careers, and I wonder how that changes once you enter higher-level positions, such as management. So, I worry about job stability and the fact that I could be fired at any time, plus having a boss who demands a lot of me and asks me to move up in the company to management. Being a family doctor is more of a certainty for an upper middle-class income and comes with a lot of autonomy, but with much greater upfront sacrifice. Medicine I don't have any particular passion for medicine. I like talking to people about their problems and am indifferent about the subject matter (but, the idea of death really bothers me). I would aim to be a family doctor in Ontario, where it seems they make about 200-250k for 40-50 hours a week. But I also hear about walk-in family doctors making 500k+, which is a salary I'd never hit in data science in Ontario. So that's enticing. I've saved up 120k and could pay off all of med school, so I have no worries about debt burden (I'm a very frugal person). I also like the job flexibility with being a family doctor, where I could work in any location and, if I really get lazy, switch to part-time :). But, I hear about the high degree of stress and misery in medicine, so I wonder whether it's not all positive. Assuming I could get into medicine or a data science job next year, which do you think is a better career path? Thanks in advance.
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