Thank you mrmedical for your excellent advice on pursuing medicine. Hmm, so it appears that grass is not green at other side as well.
I can understand the frustration of new medical graduates from US schools, who have to be compete with foreign medical graduates as well as NP/PA graduates with less qualifications and experience. It is really sad, but in the end it is plain economics that rules.
Well, as a student FNP I was just venting my frustration on the NP program in schools all over US. Each NP school is teaching in its own way. Lack of standardization in NP courses. In school, NPs are not even allowed to work on corpse like in MD schools, yet in the real-world we are supposed to diagnose live patients. Also, during the program I had to search for Clinicals by myself, whereas MD/PA students were sent for rotations to hospitals directly from their schools. It is funny as a student FNP, when I tried contacting hospital staff for rotations, they redirected my call to nurses' supervisor, who was a nurse and didn't know how to put student NP on rotation schedule in hospitals. "Sorry, we can only put M.D. students on rotations, not NPs", she rudely said.
There were meaningless courses about writing research papers, citations, which didn't help me in getting the job at all.
NPjh, you are lucky to have enjoyed your NP program. But I can vouch that almost 90% NP programs in US schools lack standardization in their coursework, and they have poor admissions criteria, and less Clinical hours for their students. NP schools should have centralized website like CASPA for PA students, where students can submit their GRE/MCAT scores/references/transcripts/experience certificates/etc. This centralized website could direct the prospective NP students to different schools in US. I also think more M.D., Ph.D., should be put in NP certification board.
Please help save reputed NP profession.