Have any NPs considered med school?

  1. I know threads about considering medical school are often posted in the general forums, but I'm wondering how many NPs have actually considered med school as an option? Why did you choose to become a nurse practitioner instead of a physician? Have you ever regretted your decision?
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  3. by   cgfnp
    Quote from katyosu2006
    I know threads about considering medical school are often posted in the general forums, but I'm wondering how many NPs have actually considered med school as an option? Why did you choose to become a nurse practitioner instead of a physician? Have you ever regretted your decision?
    I think all of us consider med school as we get into this to practice medicine in some form or another. We choose NP for different reasons (some for family, some for time, some for money, etc etc).

    I don't regret my decision. Yes there are certain things I would like better out of MD/DO but the small things I'm speaking of wouldn't make it worth it by a long shot.
  4. by   TMPaul
    Quote from cgfnp
    I think all of us consider med school as we get into this to practice medicine in some form or another. We choose NP for different reasons (some for family, some for time, some for money, etc etc).

    I don't regret my decision. Yes there are certain things I would like better out of MD/DO but the small things I'm speaking of wouldn't make it worth it by a long shot.
    Well said, cgfnp.
  5. by   cgfnp
    Quote from TMPaul
    Well said, cgfnp.
    Thank you.
  6. by   nev
    I have this question. Say if I become an NP (i hope) and I have specialized in Family practice and has worked in that field for 3+ years. Then I decide to go to med school to get and MD. If I want to do a residency in Family practice, wont I get any advanced placement?

    Thanks
    Nev
  7. by   HealthyRN
    Quote from nev
    I have this question. Say if I become an NP (i hope) and I have specialized in Family practice and has worked in that field for 3+ years. Then I decide to go to med school to get and MD. If I want to do a residency in Family practice, wont I get any advanced placement?

    Thanks
    Nev
    I'm not sure what you mean exactly by "advanced placement". It may be somewhat helpful in being accepted to a residency in family practice, but I am sure that your medical school record and performance on the step exams are given much more weight than any prior job experience. Having experience as an NP means basically nothing in medical school from what I have heard. Everyone is on the same level as far as the school is concerned. That is not to say that your experience would not be helpful to you personally. I'm sure that you would have an advantage over other residents with no experience in the field, as far as knowledge and being comfortable in the position.
  8. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from nev
    I have this question. Say if I become an NP (i hope) and I have specialized in Family practice and has worked in that field for 3+ years. Then I decide to go to med school to get and MD. If I want to do a residency in Family practice, wont I get any advanced placement?

    Thanks
    Nev
    Nope.

    There are no (legitimate) short cuts to becoming an MD or a DO. All candidates, regardless of whether they are fresh out of college or have years of experience as NPs/PAs/CRNAs/CNMs/etc., go through all four years of medical school and then an internship and residency, the length of which is determined by their chosen specialty, not their prior experience. There is no advanced placement for anyone.
  9. by   nev
    are the residencies after med school really time consuming ,like doing an MD/DO in med school?
  10. by   RN4NICU
    From what I have found about it, residents work an average of 60-75 hours per week. This is much better than it used to be, where the average work week for residents was closer to 110-130 hours per week. Now, there are regulations that prohibit them from working more than an average of 80 hours per week over a 4 week period. I'd still have to say that residency is still pretty time consuming...
  11. by   nev
    What if I just do a general M.D degree, is it possible for me to get a job?
    Thanks
    Nev
  12. by   arciedee
    Quote from nev
    What if I just do a general M.D degree, is it possible for me to get a job?
    Thanks
    Nev
    What do you mean by general MD degree? Do you mean can you practice as a doctor without doing a residency? The answer to that is NO! You might be able to go into research or some other field where the medical school knowledge would potentially be handy, but you cannot practice without going through residency.
  13. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from nev
    What if I just do a general M.D degree, is it possible for me to get a job?
    Thanks
    Nev
    You would have to do at least one year after graduateing to get your MD license.

    Without a residency you would be severely limiting your practice of medicine.
  14. by   gauge14iv
    ALL MD's have to do residency - yes even "general" MD's. Specialists do ADDITIONAL residency in addition to that.

    Contact a local medical school and talk to one of their advisors - they should be able to answer all your questions.

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