Hello everyone, I have done lots of research on the differences between NP's and MD's, but there is one factor that has made my choice relatively confusing. I am currently a rising senior in high school and am applying to colleges this coming week, so I need to decide whether or not I should apply to nursing school. I have been confident about doing it for a while, until I went to the website for the American Board of Pediatrics and researched all of the various subspecialties available to doctors. I am interested in pediatrics, and the subspecialties that I currently like the most are adolescent medicine and child abuse pediatrics. However, when I looked into how to study these areas, all of the websites mentioned med school and residency programs...they didn't have any information regarding nursing. Can (pediatric) nurse practitioners also subspecialize in the areas I mentioned such as adolescent medicine or child abuse? I spoke with a couple of nurse practitioners who were not in pediatrics, and they did not believe that NP's could specialize further than general peds, but when I researched my own PNP, I learned that she received "extensive specialty training" in asthma care/management, which made me even more confused on options available to NP's. So, would I still be able to concentrate on my fields of interest as an NP, or is it probably better in these areas for me go the pre-med route?? Any input is greatly appreciated- thank you so much!!!!!!!