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Should I go ahead with my decision to quit medical school for engineering?

I am a medical student in Ghana with this overwhelming passion for Electrical engineering and computer science. I would love to quit med school to further my studies in the aforementioned field in the united states preferably in MIT or CalTech, if that is not too wild a dream. It however must be made clear that financial obstacles and the need to secure a job to aid other family members is well within my consideration. I dream of becoming a high profile engineer with lots of research opportunities and a chance to change the world. If I must make a phenomenal difference, it certainly should be as an engineer. I need your support in this in the form of helpful suggestions and recommendations.
Thank you!

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    May 15 2013: Abdul, First I think it is great that you have the ability to do either or both. First this is your decision and you must make the final call.

    As you started the medical career I am sure you have that passion also ... so you have desires in engineering, computer science, and medicine. The answer to nme is really no that difficult. Finish your medical degree and use your skills in computers and engineering to benefit the ill.

    As an example: The iron lung was prior to computers but the knowledge both engineering and medicine was required to construct the device.

    Only a doctor could under stand the need for a special tool and how to properly use it in confined space and delicate organs ... but the same doctor could invent the tool having engineering knowledge.

    Do you see where I am going with this ... computers, engineering, and medicine are a great marriage. You would so be in demand at a research facility ... high profile and makie a difference .... you bet.

    Good luck. Bob.
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    May 19 2013: It is a cliché to say, "follow your dream;" but, in the real world dreams do not buy sustenance. Unfortunately, most of us are not financially independent enough to follow our dreams at whim. Deferred dreams don't become realities without the force necessary to overcome the inertia of whatever created the deferral.

    If failure at both medicine and engineer due to lack of funds is an acceptable risk for you, follow your dreams tenaciously. Otherwise, be practical and do what is best for the greatest good in your life and the lives of those you love.

    Remember, there are engineer opportunities within medicine, the results of which include artificial hearts, joints and the emerging technologies involved in growing organs over organic "scaffolding." The tech behind much of medicine was conceived by medical professionals then finalized by engineers. I'm sure, if you are creative, you can find a way to have the best of both worlds without turning your current educational investment into a liability.

    Good luck to you.
  • May 16 2013: Again - why do you want to quit? Can you do the work? Look - in down time I have had several engineering jobs - goodness Why would you want to leave medical school for that if you belong in medical school?
    I've been thinking since yesterday - If you are having problems, see if they are solvable.
    Okay, as a physician you would need to leave the gray area that knows no defeat. You would have to make significant decisions where things can really go wrong. That requires a special kind of man, and maybe that's not you. But you should have thought of that earlier. I don't mean to be unkind, but reporting problems are not the same as real problems. To help you - you have to consider that. If you can do the work and handle the work, why would you risk flaking out in a lesser goal. The first dynasty physician Trismegistos would later become the Greek God Hermes. Isn't that success?
  • May 15 2013: Many doctors have other passions. Medical school is a big commitment, weigh your decision carefully. You can do a lot of good as a doctor. There is also nothing from preventing you from continuing your education in either computer science or electrical engineering. Given the way technology is going in the medical field, you should have lots of opportunities to work with electrical/electronic/computer equipment in labs and hospitals. Medical researchers often build their own equipment or systems because they are trying to capture something very specific with their research.

    In my opinion (i am an engineer), being a medical doctor is more likely to get you your research opportunities than being an engineer. One of my family members went on to graduate school after getting a medical degree. The MD was used as sort of a Masters degree. Perhaps there are medical fellowships out there where you can work on engineering problems as they are needed by the medical industry.

    You might talk to some of the big names providing these research opportunities to change the world and see what they think is the path to achieve your goals. Talk to MIT or CalTech. They might even have someone with your back ground that can mentor you. However, I suspect that while research success is great, it pales in comparison to being able to save someone life or improve the quality of someone's life as part of a job description.
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    May 15 2013: Do you plan to practice your chosen profession in Ghana? If so consider the following: infant mortality rate= 51/1000; life expectancy= 60 yrs; death rate= 9/1000; poulation growth rate= 2%. This looks like job for (check one): [ ] Techno-Man. [ ] Health Care Man.
  • May 15 2013: Why do you really want to quit medical school? Get a good handle on this. If it is a clear mistake, maybe it is. However, you could encounter the same problem in engineering. Also, in America unemployed engineer has almost become redundant. I have friends that are solid engineers that haven't worked in well over a decade. Get a grip.
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    May 14 2013: Abdul, if you want more time of this, hit "edit" and you can add more time for the conversation to stay open.
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    May 14 2013: well, engineering is a highly-paid field, like medicine. I don't see the issue.
  • May 14 2013: Follow your genuine interests. The words you used, "high profile," lead me to believe this interest in engineering may be an ego trip for you rather than an intellectual or heartfelt drive. I think your head and heart are more important than your ego and will lead to greater success in whatever you do. Be real.