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You're so close to finishing med school. You should finish. If you don't like working as a MD, you can start taking CS or CPE classes on the side. Your medical license (and biochemistry degree) would open doors to specialized programming tasks (the fun ones) that most programmers aren't good at because they don't have enough understanding of the problem (pay is better for this reason too).
In addition, dropping out of medical school isn't something that you want a future employer to look at. It's far better for him/her to see that you did have what it took to finish the degree, but you preferred a different field. Then there's the fact that a medical degree is a great fallback when the programming market hits a slump.
That's my thoughts... for now...


I definitely understand what you are saying here. The only thing that is so tough about it is that 3rd year of medical school is a.k.a "hell on earth". I would like to finish, no doubt about that, but if I feel this way now I don't really know what my feelings would be after the next 2 years. I think I need to find a specialty that I really love doing. I know that I love computers and technology while I'm not quite sure that I have fallen in love with medicine yet.
    
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I'm going to also mention bioinformatics. You most likely already have the biology background (or at least a significant portion of it) that would be required to get into a good program.
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Well let me tell you how I feel when I start programming either a game or a web application or a mobile application or what ever.

When I sit for 2 - 5 hours trying to solve a problem and can't. I feel like the biggest failer on earth. However when I do solve it the next day because I had a dream about it and I wake up and say (aaahhhhh ok that how it is) and I go and open my PC and start writing the new code and when it works. I feel like I own the whole world. I have never had a better feeling.

And then .... next problem comes a long tongue.gif

When I work on a project that I really care about and add a new feature to my application and I see how its growing, I feel really really good. However there are times when you feel like you wish you could slap someone for writing bad code or slap the creator or a certain programming language *cough* Objective C *cough* because the syntax is so stupid.

so my recommendation is, before you drop from med school go and watch this short tutorial on how to program in C# http://www.youtube.com/course?list=EC0EE421AE8BCEBA4A

I think its a very easy language to program in, if you guys agree. At least get your feet wet and see if you like doing this kind of thing.

Wish you all the best biggrin.gif
Edited by Fantasy - 9/23/12 at 11:11pm
    
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Well let me tell you how I feel when I start programming either a game or a web application or a mobile application or what ever.
When I sit for 2 - 5 hours trying to solve a problem and can't. I feel like the biggest failer on earth. However when I do solve it the next day because I had a dream about it and I wake up and say (aaahhhhh ok that how it is) and I go and open my PC and start writing the new code and when it works. I feel like I own the whole world. I have never had a better feeling.
And then .... next problem comes a long tongue.gif
When I work on a project that I really care about and add a new feature to my application and I see how its growing, I feel really really good. However there are times when you feel like you wish you could slap someone for writing bad code or slap the creator or a certain programming language *cough* Objective C *cough* because the syntax is so stupid.
so my recommendation is, before you drop from med school go and watch this short tutorial on how to program in C# http://www.youtube.com/course?list=EC0EE421AE8BCEBA4A
I think its a very easy language to program in, if you guys agree. At least get your feet wet and see if you like doing this kind of thing.
Wish you all the best biggrin.gif

You, sir, are my twin.
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You, sir, are my twin.

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I don't have any experience in the field but am currently a comp sci student. Honestly, I think I will be switching to IT eventually just because I don't like to constantly sit down and fight with programming assignments for long hours. I can enjoy doing this type of thing sometimes but I don't know if I could handle it every day with all the deadlines involved. That said there are some people who enjoy the major and I'm just stating my personal tastes.

Comp Sci is a problem solving major. The point Computer Science isn't to learn a bunch of programming languages but rather to understand the logic and theories necessary to create your own solutions to problems/tasks. You will probably take Calc 1, 2, & 3, differential equations, statistics, and spend most your day writing or correcting code.

One of my friends is a programmer for my college now and he frequently discusses his work. Something both he and my professors drive at is that your not learning everything you need in school; your learning the background needed to teach your self more for each job you encounter. A lot of times it feels like you are completely busting your balls and frying your mind while other people are just coming in doing there thing and leaving. You will get a lot of assignments from people who do not really understand what you are doing and how long it will take. My friend in particular has complained that nobody recognizes the work he puts into things. A lot of times they view him as "the brilliant computer wiz" and just assume he can figure anything out with minimal effort of work. You have to take a lot of self satisfaction in work and be willing to keep at it a long time until the answer eventually comes. The programmers I know are frequently some of the very last people to leave the school at the end of the day.

If your the type of person who finds Immense satisfaction satisfaction when you solve a problem the major might be right for you. But if your the type of person who doesn't like sitting at a desk all day or frequently looks back and considers all the time you've burnt, you should probably stay away. You need some patience... if your like me when you get anxious you won't be able to understand things as fast.
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What everyone else said. I'm in a bioinformatics class right now as a master student and it is essentially the methods of applying computation towards biology related problems...mostly related to the microbiology field. You might look into this sub-field of CS if you're interested. Me personally, I just like to problem solve...and programming is a gateway.
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Well let me tell you how I feel when I start programming either a game or a web application or a mobile application or what ever.
When I sit for 2 - 5 hours trying to solve a problem and can't. I feel like the biggest failer on earth. However when I do solve it the next day because I had a dream about it and I wake up and say (aaahhhhh ok that how it is) and I go and open my PC and start writing the new code and when it works. I feel like I own the whole world. I have never had a better feeling.
And then .... next problem comes a long tongue.gif
When I work on a project that I really care about and add a new feature to my application and I see how its growing, I feel really really good. However there are times when you feel like you wish you could slap someone for writing bad code or slap the creator or a certain programming language *cough* Objective C *cough* because the syntax is so stupid.
so my recommendation is, before you drop from med school go and watch this short tutorial on how to program in C# http://www.youtube.com/course?list=EC0EE421AE8BCEBA4A
I think its a very easy language to program in, if you guys agree. At least get your feet wet and see if you like doing this kind of thing.
Wish you all the best biggrin.gif

Haha "feel like you own the world" I've certainly had those moments but the cost of getting there is pretty high. It all great until you get that next assignment and realize you have to it all over again tongue.gif The rule the world feeling may start to diminish after some time but by then you'll hopefully be getting better at the stuff.
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I will tell you this, an MD that can program is more respected and is worth more than just an MD, or just another tech company Programmer.

Since you could know the problems a Dr has by first hand, you can then apply your programming skills and make a solution that a simpleton programmer would never do unless he shadowed you for a couple of months and asked you questions every other minute, and even then the results might not be the best.
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It can be fun at times, boring a lot of the time though unless you are really busy all day. Usually the better you design/implement the project, the more bored you get later when new features take less than a day to implement. When new work comes in my boss expects it to take a few weeks, but it takes about a day. Most of my work comes from supporting business people that don't fully understand what the system does.

If you want to pick up a language to get started, I would suggest Java as a primary language. I always try to have atleast one primary language and one scripting language I can work in. I know there are C# jobs out there, but honestly I don't know why it is still around. Both languages can accomplish roughly the same thing, but C# is limited to Windows last I checked. I could change my whole application to Windows and get it running in a day and vice versa back to Linux/Unix. No little features in C# that makes programming easier makes up for that in my opinion.
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