How Hard is Medical School?

How Hard is Medical School? was the question, and Tulane MS1 Niels Olson answers:

I found this question in my site statistics. Someone had typed that question into a search engine, and one of my pages came up. It’s a tough question to answer, because it’s relative. I mean, really, hard compare to what? Compared to qualifying as a tactical action officer in the Navy? Well, not really, but then, that didn’t take four years. Harder than labor? My wife assures me med school isn’t that bad, but that labor only lasts so long, though I’m sure it must seem like forever.

‘Medical school isn’t hard, there’s just so much of it’ is what all the docs told me before I started. I tend to agree there….

It’s really a pretty good answer (better than my “it’s like trying to get a drink out of a fire hydrant” routine answer), and perhaps you’ll agree.


  1. Medical school wasn’t that hard for me but residency sure as heck was.

  2. Bad Shift says:

    Med school is hard, but the real problem is that it prepares you for a career in medicine.

  3. VTHokie says:

    If it’s not that hard then why is it so G_DDamn hard to get in?!?!?!?!?!?

    Rhetorical question, no need to answer.