I am having a really hard time trying to decide what type of professional school to go to. I am trying to decide between MD, DO, OD, and DPM as a career. What is the best way to assess if these careers are right for me? I really like being an "expert" at something specific and job shadows with an MD have been fun but I would like time for a family.
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People work in all areas of medicine and healthcare and still make time for their family. It's about having your priorities set from the beginning and sticking to them throughout your career. But there are certain specialties that have a less demanding work schedule, this is true. For instance, in medicine, these specialties would include dermatology, ophthalmology, endocrinology, and psychiatry (specialties where you don't have to be on-call). You will be able to have a regular 8-5 workday, and even have a shortened workweek, so you can spend time with your family instead. OD's and DPM's also enjoy great work schedules as well. Really, you can do anything and still be a great parent to your kids. Shadow more practitioners in all these areas and see what they think about their work-life balance.