Considering Medical Careers

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Including physicians and medical scientists as "overrated careers" is disappointing ["The Most Overrated Careers, usnews.com].

Physicians and medical scientists choose their careers with an eye toward making a difference in peoples' lives. They are inspired by the powerful truth that the public depends on them to discover cures and treat illnesses. With an anticipated physician shortage in the coming decade, we should be doing more to encourage students to choose medical careers. Those who enter the field today will find themselves at the center of one of the most exciting times in medical history. Scientific advances—whether through the Human Genome Project or stem cell research—have made this a period where the opportunities have never been greater. While today's medical students know the challenges of becoming a doctor are great, they thankfully know the rewards are even greater.

Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.,


President and CEO
Association of American Medical Colleges
Washington