I'm a sophomore in college, and I've recently switched my major into nursing. I became ill when I was 17, dealing with all kinds of chronic illnesses, and I was exposed to a lot of different doctors and tests. I found it all to be so fascinating, and I recently decided to focus on a career in medicine.
My ultimate goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner, because I loved the idea of being able to diagnose and treat patients.. but recently, I've started wondering if I should try and become an MD. I know med school is hard, and I'm honestly not sure if I could handle that... or if it would be worth it. I know the schooling is longer, more expensive, and you have to endure 3 years of residency. But at the same time, the salary is larger, the title is more prestigious, and it seems to come with more knowledge of the human body and better classes.
So, I guess, can anybody give me your take on it? Pros and cons of being a nurse practitioner? Pros and cons of being an MD? Differences between grad school and med school? To all the NP's out there... do you ever regret not becomig a doctor? Why or why not?
this was supposed to be a reply to SkiBumNP from above: i'd love to hear some elaboration as to why you feel so strongly. did you always have your sights set on med school only to switch to an NP track, and have regretted it since?
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