Hello all! I have posted here a few times regarding nursing and medicine, and after my last thread, I thought I had ultimately made a decision between the two. I had decided to pursue an MD and until the past week or so, felt no ambivalence.
I'm fairly certain of what I want to do in regards to specialty, so I suppose I should begin with that. I want to work with underdeveloped communities at the start of my career. I mainly want to provide direct, primary care at little-to-no cost and become involved with community planning. I would also be interested in disease and outbreak prevention and disaster/emergency care. When I'm old and gray (or maybe not-so old and gray!), I would like to work with a non-profit organization like MSF or WHO. I would also welcome the opportunity for research. Whether I decide on an MD or a DNP, I plan on preceding or coupling that with an MPH. I should also mention that I do want a life outside of my career; I just want to be happy, money is not as important as my fruition.
My question is: Because DNPs are in such high demand, especially as primaries in rural areas, would it be wiser for me to pursue a DNP as opposed to an MD? Since I mainly want to work with underprivileged patients, my assumption would be that both the affordability and availability I would have as a DNP would be invaluable to them.
For reference, I'm a formerly-homeschooled, 17 year old college sophomore.