NH, If you truly are interested and like medicine, don't let the debt issue hold you back. If you think you will enjoy the work, then it will be worth it. There is a valuable sense of accomplishment getting through med school and residency, working harder than you ever have before, and achieving your goal. You are way ahead of me in your ERE knowledge. I wish I had stumbled upon ERE and YMOYL much earlier. With your income and savings ability, if you can bear the job, you would only need to work for a few years, then be set for life (money-wise).
Kevin, very interesting. I wonder what I would see, peeking into the financials of my colleagues.
Mo, I see what you are saying. No offense taken, and I have seen examples similar to yours, but when I say becoming a 'nobody' I don't mean being obscure or unmemorable, but I mean losing the respect of being a professional, in our culture that links so much of self-worth into one's occupation.
Jampit, I still am not comfortable with the unfairness and waste of our system, and I somewhat envy the people who have come to terms with it.
Thanks for all your perspectives, doctors.