Originally Posted by willen101383
Depends whether you wanna be the captain of the ship.....or an officer.
"Mrs. Jones, this is your anesthetist Dr...er....Mr. Myownpath."
No thank you!
Haha that's actually one of my main issues. I want my patients to feel comfortable and know I know what I'm doing. Nurse anesthesists are well trained and studies have shown their anesthesia care to be equivalent...but the vast majority of the population doesn't know that and will hear 'this nurse is in charge of putting you under'
At the same time, as much as I think I'd rather be a doctor, it is a significant undertaking in every way - financially, emotionally, physically. We're talking 2 years of courses, applications, MCAT prep, etc, then 4 years of $50K+ loans, followed by deferring those while I work 80 hours a week at 10$/hr avg. By the time I have my loans paid off and can start enjoying my life and have nice things, I will be in my upper 30s or even 40s.
On paper the medical route seems horrible, and still I cannot get it out of my head. Deep down I know it would put me on a long, horrible, debt filled path...and yet still it's something I've always wanted. I have no idea what to do :/