Quote from brownrice
I'm very happy that I decided to go to NP school. I have also attended 1 year of grad school at one of the four accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools in the US (in Arizona). I am very preventive medicine minded, but it was just, in my opinion, not in sync enough with mainstream medicine. I decided that being an NP, and blending my passion for natural medicine would be of great benefit to my patients.
I can understand that you want to go to medical school. I think one must also consider economics when making this decision. What will your debt load be like upon graduation? Consider the interest piled on to that debt, and will it be paid by the time your are 70? An NP can provide primary care, and even develop a specialty. No offense intended, but is it an ego driven need to have the MD behind your name? Do you want to be credentialed to do surgery? What can you not do as an NP, that you can do as an MD, that would make you think you really need to do this?
Thanks for a quick response
I really cannot answer those questions when I'm asking myself. Generally speaking, I think that where I am right now (Brooklyn,NY/NYC) public is not ready to accept NPs as an autonomous practitioner. There is definitely a surplus of all kinds of physicians here, and doing a solo practice, or even some semi-independent set up is not very realistic. I'm sure it's quite possible to find your place "under the sun" as an NP, but in Tri-State area it seems like I'd have to go "against the gradient".There is something that bothers many ppl about non-physician thing.Most of the time it's just a stereotypical thinking. The question is "how practical" in terms of business it is being an NP vs MD/DO. I'm not talking about what you could do legally, I know it's very similar if not the same as a doctor.But the public perception of "My Dr. said...Mylanta:chuckle vs my Nurse (practitioner) said....XYZ" Well, you get the point. There is also billing aspect....I know it's getting better, but there is still a lot of misconceptions, and discrimination by insurance companies. Also I really want to practice preventetive/holistic health, and to be as far away from surgery as humanly possible. But I haven't been to find out what limitations does NP have let's say for administering IV highly concetrated vitamin coctails, chealation,glutathion,playing with bioidentical hormones,establishing contacts and ordering from holistic labs, and pharmacies..etc,provided you have the right training for it. There is a site that you may want to visit if you want to be in preventitive health www.ACAM.org
, but even there there is a devision for docs, and non-docs. So to answer your question:Yes, absolutely, for me as a guy, ego definitely works as a devil's pick fork
.So I'm still not sure, but the thought of "what if" I should have become a physician, and didn't is absolutely daunting
I'm really stuck with indecision.
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