Right now I feel like I am at a crossroads. I am 26 and feel like I could do both. On one hand, becoming an NP through a direct entry program is the quickest route. I would start fall of 2015 and be 30 when I am done. On the other hand I know that I have what it takes to go to med school and do well. I imagine myself as an NP working alongside doctors with the feeling that that could have been me. But finishing medical school and residency is a mighty long route and I pictured myself with kids and being settled in my career before 40. So unfortunately for me the medschool ship might have passed. If I choose nursing I would become an FNP. If I were to go to med school I would like to become a gastroenterologist.
Does anyone have insight that can help me put this issue in perspective? Many thanks.
Background: Graduate of Brandeis University with a BA in something non-health related. Have been taking science courses at another institution as pre-reqs for both medical and nurse practitioner programs. Married with a husband that can support me throughout either med school or an NP program.