"Younger people are finding jobs in IT and business, which requires fewer years of training," he said. "You can make excellent money after just four years of college. I think you find less people going into medicine. Medical school is five times or 10 times as hard as college. As far as the amount of stuff you are taking in, medical school dwarfs college education."
Still, Kothari likes being a doctor. Doctors are treated with respect, they help people in time of a health crisis, and they make a good living. Working as a medical physician is fulfilling. But an easy path to a high salary? No.
"You have to go into this field because you want to," he said, "not because you want to get rich."
What it takes to become a doctor
It's a long road to pursue a career in medicine. Here are some steps:
· Four years of high school - No shortcuts here; take advanced math and science courses and get good grades. Also, look for internships or volunteer positions with doctors' offices, hospitals, nursing homes or other health-care facilities.