I used the search function and got some interesting information, but I had a specific question. My buddy is I think 28 going on 29 this year and is starting medical school in August. He's attending a carribean medical school that is accredited in approximately 45 states--the school is actually quite good, but its focus is older students and career switchers. We have several mutual friends who have attended and successfully passed their boards and have good jobs.
He and I were discussing recently what he wanted to do--surgery, dermatology, general practice, etc.--and I suggested to him that MDs have been known to switch over to finance and work at PE funds and IBs that focus in the biomedical field. He is adamant, however, that he wants to actually practice medicine and not just use an MD to go into finance.
His concern is that he wants to do surgery but that surgeons have relatively short careers because it requires dexterity that is lost with age. He'll be starting a surgery career at 40. He and I are wondering if after 10-15 years he might be able to make the switch over into finance. I'm sure he could if he went to, say, UVa's medical school, but how about the "alternative" medical schools? Any thoughts on this?