Hey there, folks. I know this will probably get mostly people saying, "why would you want to go to the dark side" or some garbage like that, but let's give it a shot anyway.
I'm an active duty ICU nurse in the Air Force. It just so happens that I am typing this post from sunny Afghanistan. I have some gnarly experience from Christ Medical Center outside Chicago, Shock/Trauma, and Johns Hopkins. I'm CCRN certified and whatever.
So, I want to be a doctor. Over here in Afghanistan I have been given the opportunity to interact with MDs (all surgeons), and they let me get my hands dirty. I feel now (and secretly have for a long time) that my calling is to be a surgeon, not a nurse. An ortho trauma surgeon, to be exact. I am looking for advice, words of wisdom, or anything else that will help me along this path.
Since I'm active duty AF now, there is a decent chance I can get the AF to pay for medical school and a monthly stipend in exchange for more time, that way I can get out and go to a school of my choosing. On the flip side, I could have them send me to medical school through the USUHS program, but that is not nearly as up-to-speed as I think I would like.
So, with all that, give it to me. What should I do and how should I do it?