RN to MD - page 3

by kalevra

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Do any of the readers or posters here actually know of anyone that went from RN to MD. I wanted to see how many people actually did this. Most people I know that went medical followed the PA route.... Read More


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    If I were 10 years younger I would go to med school. My dad's best friend was an ER nurse first and went back and he is now a trauma surgeon. Super nice guy.
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    I have 2 buddies I used to work with in the ICU who went to medical school (both D.O. programs). One is happy as a clam he did it (family practice) and the other one very much regrets it. (still a surgical resident) and wishes he had gone to anesthesia school instead.
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    Quote from DoeRN
    If I were 10 years younger I would go to med school. My dad's best friend was an ER nurse first and went back and he is now a trauma surgeon. Super nice guy.
    Yeah, I've thought about it too. But I came to nursing late so haven't really established myself in one career or scratched the surface on all the student loans I have, plus the years of not contributing to retirement because I'm not working. It's definitely a long road....I don't think it really fits in with how I'd like my life to go at this point.
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    Quote from hiddencatRN

    Yeah, I've thought about it too. But I came to nursing late so haven't really established myself in one career or scratched the surface on all the student loans I have, plus the years of not contributing to retirement because I'm not working. It's definitely a long road....I don't think it really fits in with how I'd like my life to go at this point.
    Me too unfortunately. I would be 50 after it's all said and done as far as actual med school, residency, pre-reqs. And by that age I want to be established and not have 100k or more in student loans. And I'm approaching that age at an alarming rate.
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    Quote from DoeRN
    If I were 10 years younger I would go to med school. My dad's best friend was an ER nurse first and went back and he is now a trauma surgeon. Super nice guy.
    Not me! I practice completly autonomously, my program was only 27 months long and about $40K, no residency required, and I make more than two thirds of the physicians in the hospital's group practice. Plus I get 2 weeks out of every 6 off. None of the physicians have it as good as we (the 3 CRNAs in our group) do and they know it.
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    To be an MD is one of my dreams and my two uncles, who one is an orthopedic surgeon and one does family practice, serve as my inspiration. But they just want me to be in the nursing field for "less stress" work compared to doctors.
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    Quote from ian_onymous
    To be an MD is one of my dreams and my two uncles, who one is an orthopedic surgeon and one does family practice, serve as my inspiration. But they just want me to be in the nursing field for "less stress" work compared to doctors.
    I have been hearing that rhetoric for a while. There's more stress with MD compared to RN. But i guess that goes with the territory. Higher up in the food chain you go the more things you have to worry about. I guess its a trade off.
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    Two of my friends are nurses, currently in med school. I think the transition from nurse to MD happens often.
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    A lot of my classmates in nursing school already took entrance test for med schools...and I know a lot of our seniors who are also pursuing med after getting license as a nurse!I think they would make great doctors as their foundation is nursing=)
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    Over the last 10 years I have worked with about 6-7 MDs/DOs that were RNs first. Everyone of them was the coolest ever. One was insane (but a good doc and good person). The ones I had contact with would dig right in and help you put foleys in, take the time and teach you. And I always felt really respected when I worked with them.


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