I've recently had some interesting discussions with college students interested in the healthcare industry. Some want to go into pharma marketing while others want to work in hospital management. The question often comes up: "Do I need to get an M.D., or am I better off pursuing a different degree like an M.B.A. or an M.P.H.?" The obvious answer may seem like "get both" - but I tell them that it really depends on what type of long-term goals they have for themselves.
For instance, if you mainly want to work in pharma marketing, you certainly don't need an MD. Having an MD may open certain doors and provide unique opportunities, but the vast majority of people working in the marketing arena are not physicians.
The road to an MD is a very long and expensive one. The time investment is huge. The financial commitment is significant. Think about your long-term goals and make sure that you know what you're getting yourself into. If you're interested in medicine, learn about the business of medicine and the healthcare industry. Understand how physicians work and live. Consider all the practical ramifications and then evaluate whether you should pursue medical school.