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    So I've wanted to do medicine for a long time, I've invested so much time and effort into to getting in but I got AAB and I missed my place at medical school.

    I'm going to study Audiology now its good but its no medicine. Now the plan is to graduate in Audiology work in the NHS for a few years and open up private audiology clinics offering different services, or I could potentially see myself buying my way into a 50:50 partnership with a friend who has recently opened up audiology clinic.

    After investing this much time and effort I really don't want to be on a band 5/6 salary for the rest of my life as a audiologist in the NHS. I know it sounds a bit ruthless but thats me not beating around the bush. Now whether Audiology clinics are hugely profitable is yet to be seen I will have to look at this as I make my decision to go into graduate entry medicine, my friends business should be more established by then hopefully.

    If the clinics are hugely profitable then I won't attempt to go into graduate entry medicine and I'll attempt to buy my way into a friends business or open up my own clinics

    If the clinics are not so profitable then I'll go ahead with Medicine

    Whats TSRs take on this?

    You should focus on university for now. It is a waste of time trying to plan your post-uni career so precisely; you don't know how you will feel in 3 years' time. That said, I don't think I'd want to be treated by a doctor who only trained because they wanted to earn lots of money. It sounds like you're far more interested in profiting from peoples illnesses that curing them, so perhaps medicine isn't for you. :dontknow:

    It's a shame you don't seem too enthusiastic about Audiology. See how you feel about it in the first year. If you want to progress, you could always go for an MSci in Audiology and aim to be a Clinical Scientist, where you will be further up the pay bands. But maybe not a great idea if it's not where your heart is.

    I have to second Snufkin's post, if you're looking to get into medicine for the money you will be disappointed. There are a lot of career paths out there which offer a better return for time invested with regards to salary (and lifestyle too) that aren't medicine/healthcare.
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