Consider this journey: 4 years of college, then 4 years of Medical School, followed by a year of internship and then a residency that could take 3 years for internal medicine and up to seven years for neurosurgery.
That's 12-16 years so far and still counting....
But training is not yet complete in many subspecialities. Joining or opening up a practice is further delayed by the need for more clinical experience to keep up with changes brought about by advances in technology.
After residency many newly minted physicians follow up with more training in a one or two year fellowship programs; here they assimilate more hands-on experience--in fields where technology is leading and pushing the boundaries of operational techniques at a rapid pace. (particularly in peripheral vascular medicine)
Medical Path: image courtesy of Kaplan Learning Center
The total commitment now stands at up to 18 years after High School ... which translates into nearly age 40.
Next take a deep breath.
Now, contemplate the financial burdens encountered along the way; many young doctors emerge the slog carrying a debt burden that easily totals hundred of thousand dollars....
In my next aritcle, I will focus on techniques that have been introduced in medical training to enhance student empathy.
So tune in!