What if I Just Want to Quit Medical School?

Sheila M. Bigelow, DO


August 07, 2013

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Focus on the Goal

With the hustle and bustle of medical school or residency, it can be hard to remember why you are doing all that you do. You can easily get lost in the hours you have spent at the hospital and forget about all the patients that you are helping. Finishing that discharge paperwork a little quicker so that your oncology patient can make it to his last senior basketball game is worth the effort. Running behind in your clinic schedule to find that your 5-year-old patient used the waiting time to color a picture of Cinderella for you is why you do it. Examining the screaming 3-year-old who has a fever to correctly diagnose him with an ear infection and treat him appropriately is why you do it. You are working this hard to learn how to make people's lives better and make them feel well.

So, yes, it's hard. It's really, really hard sometimes. But allow those who love you to support you. Allow yourself to take a breather when you need it. Remember that you are not doing all of this for nothing, but for every patient you will take care of in your career.

Don't be afraid to seek help from mental health resources if you feel like you need it, and please listen to your friends and family if they suggest that you need support that they aren't able to offer you. By learning to help ourselves and each other through the tough times of training, we will learn more about ourselves and how much we can accomplish, and that we can accomplish so much more than we ever thought we could.


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