an apt comparison
Not too long ago, someone happened onto the mudphudder blog by searching:
are med school and grad school the same
Are med school and grad school the same? No.
Having been through both now, the best way I can put it is that medical school is like a four year jail sentence: you go in knowing you have to put in four years of hard time and along the way you take it up the ass occasionally. Graduate school, on the other hand, is like solitary confinement: you’re wandering around in the dark, not knowing how much time has gone by or even what year it is, slowly losing your sanity until one day someone opens the door, you see the light and you’re out–smelly and a shell of your former self. And you still have to take it up the ass occassionally.