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For some, going to medical school and becoming a doctor is a serious goal. They complete their medical school requirements, find the right program, go through the medical school admissions process, and lose themselves in their studies for the love of the profession.

Others may just be intrigued by the reaction they get when they say “I’m going to become a doctor,” and then find themselves traveling down a bumpy road to a wrong destination. In their cases, completing the requirements for medical school admission might be just a waste of time.

Whether you’re really serious about medical school, or just toying with the idea, it may help you decide if it’s really what you want when you understand what you’re actually facing in terms of commitment.