CRNA VS anesthesiologist MD

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    I am trying to decide weather I should become a CRNA or anesthesiologist.

    Can anyone help with the pro's and con's of each

    What do CRNA do that is different than a anesthesiologist?
    What can a anesthesiologist do that a CRNA can't?

    Any other information would be great (I have a huge interest in anesthesiology, and I am in a BSN program now, but I have been told to look into becoming a MD instead of a CRNA.)

    Any help would be great. And thanks!
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    The pay is definately a BIG difference. More schooling to become a MD. You can do more than a CRNA. A CRNA work under the MD.
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    CRNA need 1-2 years critical care experience post BSN. and 2-3 years for the CRNA. the MD route will require 1-2 years additional science courses to get into med school for 4 more years followed by 3 years residency and 1-2 more years for fellowship. so post BSN 11 years for MD vs 3-5 for CRNA. Both perform the same procedures in the OR and many hospitals are hiring more CRNAs since they are cheaper. you can still plan on making 160-200k a year as a CRNA though so not shabby.
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    Quote from keithjones
    and 1-2 more years for fellowship.


    Fellowship is not a requirement.
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    Quote from AwesomeNurse2Be
    The pay is definately a BIG difference. More schooling to become a MD. You can do more than a CRNA. A CRNA work under the MD.

    A CRNA does not work "under" anybody. CRNAs and Anesthesiologists collaborate within an anesthesia care team environment. CRNAs can also work independently of anesthesiologists.
    Jessy_RN, Birdbr, Qwiigley, and 3 others like this.
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    Our head anesthesiologist told his kids to go to CRNA school.

    What does that tell you?
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    Quote from chrisciwi
    I am trying to decide weather I should become a CRNA or anesthesiologist.

    Can anyone help with the pro's and con's of each

    What do CRNA do that is different than a anesthesiologist?
    What can a anesthesiologist do that a CRNA can't?

    Any other information would be great (I have a huge interest in anesthesiology, and I am in a BSN program now, but I have been told to look into becoming a MD instead of a CRNA.)

    Any help would be great. And thanks!
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    Practice medicine.
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    Quote from JoPACURN
    Our head anesthesiologist told his kids to go to CRNA school.

    What does that tell you?
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    That he doesn't think his kids have what it takes to become an anesthesiologist.
    Tariejay and Bicster like this.
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    the head anesthesiologist on the cardiothoracic ICU that I work on tells me EVERYDAY to go to CRNA school. anesthesiology residents all the time tell me if they could do it over again that they would go to CRNA school. you don't work "under" an anesthesiologist, CRNA's have their own license and in many settings work COMPLETELY independent.
    chosen50 likes this.
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    Your comments are very helpful!!!

    How hard is it for a RN to get into ICU (in northeast if that makes a difference), as a new graduate?


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