A career in medicine is a long and difficult road that requires many years of hard work and study. In addition to the four years of undergraduate work it requires at least four years of medical school to earn an M.D. If you choose to specialize in a certain area of practice then that will require additional education. In addition to your time in the classroom, doctors must spend anywhere from three to seven years working as resident at a hospital. For example, Donald Sonn spent nearly seven years in residency programs before he was allowed to practice on his own.
The high barriers to entry and years of education might seem daunting to some, but it is necessary in order to ensure that doctors have the knowledge and practical experience they need in order to tend to the needs of their patients.
Even after all the training is completed doctors still have a long road ahead of them. Most students have to take out loans in order to pay for their education and these debts are often in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars and can take many years to fully pay off. Despite the popular image of medical school being a golden ticket to success the fact is that a medical career is not an easy one and, even after all of the debts are paid off, doctors will still have to work long hours under stressful conditions. The ones who succeed in the career are those who truly have a passion for medicine and want to improve the lives of their patients.
Donald Sonn is an professional urologist who has practiced medicine for nearly 20 years. He is currently working as a surgeon at the Urology Group of Western New England where he has worked since he began his career in 1997. During his time there he has performed a number of surgeries to treat diseases such as Stone’s Disease and urological issues. He has also authored several articles for medical journals and has held a teaching position at Tufts University School of Medicine.