Why Didn't You Go To Med School? - page 4

by Missy RN

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Don't you get tired of friends/relatives asking you "Why didn't you go to med school?" Contrary to popular belief, not everyone wants to be a doctor. I love what I do and I do what I love. Isn't that good enough?... Read More


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    I know this is a freakishly old post, but I don't care. I just realized that I don't feel comfortable saying that the reason most nurses don't go to medical school is because they can't get in, not solely at least. If you honestly think about it, it isn't fair to say that because our of the % of nurses who have thought about applying to med school, how many do you really know that actually make a legitimate attempt at applying/ entry? Not many. So, that being the case, how could we know that the MAJOR reason that nurses, or most people don't go to med school is because they can't get in. Most have never actually tried to apply.
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    Why? Because I don't want to! I wouldn't want that responsibility. Also, I have a life outside my career, and don't want to spend so many years in school/away from my family. I'm perfectly content with perusing nursing!
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    Amen!
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    Don't you get tired of friends/relatives asking you "Why didn't you go to med school?"

    Contrary to popular belief, not everyone wants to be a doctor. I love what I do and I do what I love. Isn't that good enough?
    When I am asked that I usually answer, "because they do not teach you how to be a nurse in medical school, and I want to be a nurse." I do not explain further, because the questioner is the one who has a problem with my choice, I do not have a problem with it, and so I see no reason to continue the conversation.

    A nursing school buddy of mine, a guy nurse like me, came up with what I think is a funny answer. Guys get asked this a lot. He started answering, "because I thought that nursing would be a great way to meet a cute, young doctor to marry." The gender bending usually left the inquirer utterly confused.
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    I have been asked why I didn't go to medical school. I just reply "I wanted more".
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    To be honest I didn't have the grades or MCAT scores to even apply for med school. I could have possibly gone to a carribbean medical school but i felt it was too risky and expensive to go that route. My options after graduating with my environmental science degree w/ the pre-reqs completed was to do a 2 Yr. masters degree and take the MCAT 2-3 more times in the hopes i can land a high enough score and GPA. Then I would have to spend another 1-2 years to apply and go through the whole process. Or I could spend that time doing my pre-reqs (1 Yr.) and then doing a second bachelors in nursing (2 Yrs). Ultimately i decided to go this route since I could spend the next 3-4 years attempting med school and coming out empty handed in the end. I also realized Nursing will allow me to do things after ward like NP/CRNA and they do very similar work to physicians.
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    Many of the nurses in my family went on to take up jobs other than nursing. It doesn't take "12-14 years" to become a doctor as you guys are saying. In addition, I had a cousin who just became a pharmacist and another who became a dentist.


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