Pursuing a career in medicine requires a significant financial investment and time commitment. A four-year undergraduate university costs about $80,000 (more if you go to a private school). Add to this about $200,000 for medical school. If you finish college in four years, medical school is an additional four years, and following medical school you have to complete a 3-7 year residency program before you can become a full-fledged physician. This is about 8-15 years of school and training following high school if you follow the traditional track.
Keep in mind that the average salary of a physician is about $175,000/yr and you have to consider that you will need to pay back your loans as well. A career in medicine does provide job stability with a steady income, which will definitely help in terms of loan repayment. While you are a resident physician your salary will be around $40,000 to $60,000/yr. While the physician role is displayed on TV as one that provides significant doctor-patient interaction, the reality is that a physician spends less and less time with his or her patients. A majority of your work as a physician is spent behind the scenes developing a treatment plan, writing orders, and working on the computer (filling out the electronic medical record).
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Click a state on the map below to compare medical schools by overall GPA, science GPA, MCAT, In-state preference, and Out-of-state percentage for accepted students. You can sort the schools by clicking on the column header.
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