DO (school) in anesthesiology or CRNA school - page 3

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  1. by   Mantibob
    I just noticed under "location" you are listed as Bangkok, Thailand. Is this where you are from or are you currently living there?



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  2. by   suzanne4
    Whether you go the DO or MD route, both have a residency of 4 years, plus another year if you want to do a fellowship. and this is for almost any type of residency in medicine.

    You actually have autonomy with any NP position. Again, before you even consider anesthesia, you need to spend a couple of days in an OR and shadow a CRNA and see how you like it. One thing to think that it is quite glamorous and another thing to actually be doing it and taking that much responsibility in your hands. Take into account that malpractice for an RN is about $90 and for CRNA, minimum is about $6000.
  3. by   Mantibob
    Great! Thanks for the ideas. I will check into shadowing a CRNA.



    Quote from suzanne4
    Whether you go the DO or MD route, both have a residency of 4 years, plus another year if you want to do a fellowship. and this is for almost any type of residency in medicine.

    You actually have autonomy with any NP position. Again, before you even consider anesthesia, you need to spend a couple of days in an OR and shadow a CRNA and see how you like it. One thing to think that it is quite glamorous and another thing to actually be doing it and taking that much responsibility in your hands. Take into account that malpractice for an RN is about $90 and for CRNA, minimum is about $6000.
  4. by   suzanne4
    I am originally from Michigan, worked as an RN for 25 years, and then moved over here entirely about 16 months ago. Have had an apt here for over 5 years so I did alot of commuting. Now prefer sunny weather year round. And I can see my office form my terrace, walking distance of only about three blocks.
  5. by   CRNAsoon
    I have always known that malpractice insurance would be high for a CRNA, but is it really $6000 per year? Anybody else know of anything different?


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  6. by   suzanne4
    It may actually even be higher now, that price was from 16 months ago. Do you have any idea what anesthesiologists pay for insurance? You would be quite shocked if you heard the actual prices being charged.

    This is why many of you need to think about. You are definitely held accountable for anything that you do..........................
  7. by   CRNAsoon
    How much are anesthesiologist's paying? Anybody else know what CRNA's are currently paying for malpractice insurance?
  8. by   Erin RN
    This is a little off subject but in regards to med mal insurance..one of my Doc friends told me that his brother who an OB GYN in FLa (I believe)..pays 210,000.00 a yr for med mal. I thought that was crazy!! Erin
  9. by   suzanne4
    Most CRNAs have their malpractice paid for by the hospital where they are employed. But if you decide to do locum tenens then this is what you will be paying or working for an agency. They incorporate the amt that they take out of your check for the insurance.

    These are things that I am sure that many of you are not aware of......
  10. by   Tenesma
    $87,000 per year for MDA (me)
  11. by   Mantibob
    Wow, you have sparked my curiosity. If you dont mind could you go into detail on your reasons for moving to Thailand. I am at the age now that I have to start thinking about retirement. Its still about 15 years away but I have nothing saved up and one can not really survive well (in the US) on social security. I am hoping I will get with a hospital or organization that will have a great retirment program. Anyway, this is why I ask about Thailand - I have been researching countries where the weather is warm and the cost of living is low. I have focused on Mexico because of its proximity to the states, but am open to other countries. So, anything you can tell me about Thailand would be helpfull. Do you own your apt? How expensive is real estate - rent vs buy? What is the cost-of-living like? Do you have employment there? Can one travel nurse from there? I hope you do not mind all these questions. Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated!



    Quote from suzanne4
    I am originally from Michigan, worked as an RN for 25 years, and then moved over here entirely about 16 months ago. Have had an apt here for over 5 years so I did alot of commuting. Now prefer sunny weather year round. And I can see my office form my terrace, walking distance of only about three blocks.
  12. by   Roland
    1. I haven't seen anyone list Biochem (after two semesters Organic or along with the second O-chem class), comparitive zoology, or genetics listed in the prerequisites for medical school. Most of the schools around here consider those standard classes in addition to the other classes listed. In addition, most (but certainly not all) successful medical school applicants have degrees in the sciences with Biology and Chemistry being the most common. Also with regard to medical school you are probably more likely to experience some hidden (or overt) "age discrimination" given the length of medical school education. One good reply would be that you intend to work well beyond sixty-five (consider lifestyle approaches such as caloric restriction with adequate nutrition, and resistence exercise to lengthen your working life span). In general the YOUNGER someone is the more logical medical school becomes relative to becoming a nurse anesthesist. That is because the advantages of an MDA's salary mount over time (initially a CRNA might even do better given their lower debt service, and malpractice insurance costs relative to an MDA). At thirty four (and my wife thirty three) we consider ourselves at least ten years to old to seriously consider medical school. Furthermore, in our case we gave up a $100,000 per year appraisal/mortgage business to go back to school and become nurses (medical insurance played a big role in our decision after my son was born). Unlike, many on this board our PRIMARY motivation for wanting to become CRNA's is monetary as it may help to enable us to live in Oahu (where I was stationed in the Navy).
    Last edit by Roland on Mar 14, '04
  13. by   Roland
    By the way WE ARE ALL paying the sky high medical liability insurance costs in the form of higher medical, insurance premiums. In addition, the high rates are driving many doctors from certain specialties further driving up the fees of those which remain. Tort reform should be seen as a common legislative goal both of nurses and doctors (and enlightened citizens). Doctors have tired to respond with websites such as www.doctorsknowus , however these sites face certain issues with regard to federal black listing laws (they were trying to take advantage of the fact that a very small percentage of patients are responsible for a rather large percentage of malpractice suits). In addition, I think it likely that insurance costs for CRNA's are likely to increase significantly as more states "opt out" of federal Medicare, supervisory requirements. Perhaps, someone can explain to me how it is that the FAST FOOD INDUSTRY can manage to obtain legislative, liability protection already (just passed the House this week) when medical professionals who have dedicated their lives to healing are unable to do the same?
    Last edit by Roland on Mar 14, '04

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