RN to MD

  1. Just wondering.........How do you go from being an RN to being an MD? Has anyone thought of going to medical school? Apart from the pay, will it be worth it, i mean considering the extra years?
    Please help me out on this. Any input will be worth it. Thanks y'all
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  3. by   LilgirlRN
    I am sure that most of the nurses that have been a nurse for a long time have considered doing what you propose, if for nothing else, the hideous state the medical field is in. Someone asked a question here, is it wrong for a nurse to become a nurse for the money involved, no, nurses make enough to pay their bills. Doctors on the other hand make more than enough, they have a surplus and many of them ARE in it just for the bucks. There are many bad docs, lots of good ones too, but it seems that many of the newer ones could care less about their patients. OK, back to the question at hand.. I personally wouldn't become a doctor, the hours are too long. The only way I could be a doc would be to be an ER physician, no call. If I wanted to go back to school, and I was just after money the quickest way to some bucks is probably to go to CRNA school and become a gas-passer. The money appeals to me, but the work doesn't. I love what I do, to me going to medical school would not be worth the time and effort...plus they make you take all those dang worthless courses!!
  4. by   LadyNASDAQ
    Originally posted by StudentRNTX
    Just wondering.........How do you go from being an RN to being an MD? Has anyone thought of going to medical school? Apart from the pay, will it be worth it, i mean considering the extra years?
    Please help me out on this. Any input will be worth it. Thanks y'all
    I was taking courses for my MD. My Dad had become very sick and my dreams and goals went poof! I had a straight A average and knew that I had a lot of money to lose in thebegining when you compare salaries at the beginning but what the heck.

    If I had the opportunity and was young enough I would go back but at the age of 43 come this month, I am too old to start back.

    If you are able to, just go for it! I wish you luck and a better Doctor you'll be for it being a nurse, first!
  5. by   Km41566
    I have also have thought about becoming an MD myself. I have done a lot of research on the whole application process and medical school and have even visited a medical school in my homestate. I am assuming that you are an RN student right now. If you are not sure if you want to be an MD or a nurse right now, which is the position I am in right now, you should at least finish your degree in nursing. I am in the second semester of my junior year right now and did not think seriously about going to med school until the summer after my sophomore year. Nursing was something I have wanted to do for a long time and I did not begin to question my dream until I was in college. Some people say that you need a degree in science to get into med school but that is a misconception. You can major in anything you want as long as you take the required courses ( general chemistry, general biology, organic chemistry, and physics) and of course you have to take the MCAT. You also need some kind of medical experience, like volunteering, and extracurriculars. The application process, from what I have heard, is brutal, and med school is no piece of cake either so you have to really make sure that you really want to be a doctor before you make the decision. It all comes down to what you want to do with your life and what will make you happy.
  6. by   debbyed
    THis is one old Nurse that you couldn't pay enough to become a Doctor.
  7. by   craff1
    hey,
    pm me, i've got all the info on this (unfortunately, none of your nursing classes will count for pre-med, most likely).
    Cheryl
  8. by   Born 2 B In OB
    I'm not sure if you have your degree yet or not; however, if you do or if you're not far from it, stick with the nursing! Medical schools look for diversity - not just in skin color, but in educational backgrounds. All things equal, they would quite possibly choose a student with a music background than a science background (assuming that student had the basic requirements for acceptance into medical school). Case in point, my father's best friend is an MD who has a BA in music! So, go for it, if that's what you truly want to be. Remember, medical school is tough, tough, tough, but it doesn't end there... At least three years of residency await you after graduation where you'll most likely work 100+ hour weeks (not months, WEEKS!) at "minimal" pay.

    Good luck and let us know what you decide!!!

    Michele

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