[quote="ThomasMartin, post:1, topic:314243"]
Well, the question I have is basicaly this: Would it be possible for me to study medicine and when I would be 24, go as a doctor-missionary to Africa (for example), where I would be both acting as a doctor and study for priesthood?
It is certainly possible, but it often tends to work the other way around.
For example, I go to Tanzania yearly to do some work in a rural diocese there.
One of the hospitals that the local bishop has set up is staffed by a medical order of sisters out of Germany and Poland.
The Sr Kiara, who heads the hospital is a physician who specialized in infectious disease. She is assisted by 4 other sisters who are all nurses.
Here in Detroit, one of the priests who assists at our parish on weekends is from the D.R. Congo. His order sent him here to become a physcians assistant, so he can assist with the medical needs of the community.
In each case, the order took someone who had already professed and sent them for medical training.
Overall, it is substantially cheaper for an order to do this, as there are a number of Catholic universitiies that will provide the training at a substantially reduced cost, as opposed to the order agreeing to assume the medical school debt of a person coming in, especially if the person has not fully professed to the order.