civilneil asked: I'm a 24 yo male who is working as an engineer. I too once aspired to be a doctor one day or at least fix the broken medical system; do you think what all these ladies are saying (mostly that the amount of effort involved in having kids and pursuing medicine) is too great applies the same for men? If not, why? It seems like even working 8-5 wouldn't satisfy some of these women, which seems a bit strange.
Thank you very much for writing. Your question is hard to answer other than to say that “it depends on you - only you can determine what kind of effort your job demands”. As for your 8AM -5PM work day question, many physician jobs require you to see patients in that time AND then still find time for all your return phone calls, recording your patient visits in your notes, reviewing all your test results (this can take 1-2 hours) AND being on call for the entire night as often as 2 or 3 times a week. It is a very time-intensive job for most full-time physician positions.
I hope that provides an idea of some of what you are missing by being an engineer instead of a doctor. :-)