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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by remmms, Apr 16, 2018 at 1:10 AM.
I disagree with the earning potential. I made 110,000 my first year out of school with a 2 year diploma. But pulling on patients is bad on my back. Its hard to use proper mechanics with many patients. Plus theres the sh**, blood, vomit, etc.
@RNtoMD87 Sounds like you took a lion's share of critical shifts and cashed in on OT. Also curious, was your first year in California?
Louisiana. And yeah I worked about 5 shifts a week, and there is no shortage of double emergency pay (20.00 an hour extra). Starting pay 24.50 an hour, 5.25 night diff, 5.00 weekend diff, and overtime. 5 12s a week is easily doable too. In the Army I was working 85 hours a week my last 2 years in, and only making 2200 a month. At one point I worked 20 hours a day for 22 days straight and the 4 hours off were not consecutive. (got stuck as the ONLY armorer in a military police unit. Had to always be someone there to draw weapons for both field units and law enforcement units). Finally had a higher ranking sergeant step in and take over, and I worked under her. Bless her heart.
Honestly nursing is a REALLY nice job. I don't get what all of these wenches are complaining about that I work with. Literally do nothing but complain about pay or how hard the job is and gossip about each other like children. Nice ass pay, easy ass work. I just want more knowledge, I feel like the knowledge needed is very little, and I get bored.
Was reading your post and can completely understand your situation. I was like that when I first started out in pre-med. Scored well in my subjects but felt that medicine may not be for me. I stuck with it and finished. Mid career due to the burnout I took a step back and got into Clinical Research. I have been doing this for a while and I work much better hours and still make decent $$. It also gives me time with the family and also to breath and rethink things. If you have questions feel free to reach out to me.
Would you say that your desire for further knowledge was your biggest motivator to go from RN to MD?
That is very interesting! I thoroughly enjoy my lab classes, so this is a fascinating career path. How did you get into Clinical Research? When you say that you stuck with it and finished, do you mean that you went through Medical School?
Might be difficult to get into a nursing program at your same university. I can only speak for San Diego State University, (Which I've been told by nursing students at my old school is a top 15% program). But they don't allow switching into the nursing program. So you might be stuck either trying to switch schools or finish your major and apply for a 2 year nursing program for people with bachelors after graduating.
What else could AA mean??
Thank you for this obviously very well thought out and put together post. I think it really helps even in an online forum like this to hear someone reason through different options.
While I do agree that pre-med is bogus for the most part, I think in order to not only succeed as a pre-med but excel is to enjoy as many of the activities you do as possible, be it volunteering, research, academics, or artistic enrichment. The biggest mistake I see from the stereotypical pre-med is that they think they HAVE TO do a, b, c, d, e et cetera, versus thinking that they GET TO do a, b, c... etc. I feel blessed that I GET TO volunteer in the emergency department, even though I barely actually do anything, because who am I to be able to do anything as an untrained volunteer? I GET TO work with the homeless in taking care of their hygiene, because the poor bring me to do charitable works. Even if the initial intention WAS pre-medical for these activities, which I can unashamedly say that they ABSOLUTELY were, that intention can transform and further develop the desire to serve in an altruistic role as a physician.
Being able to think this way involves learning humility, which, contrary to popular belief does NOT mean to excel less or try to be less important, but means to know that even though you may fall time and time again, there is always hope and the possibility to rise higher and to serve society in a meaningful way.
Anyways, that was a bit rant-ISH, but I think you need to reassess your mindset if you will continue to pursue medicine. As @danistarr said, if mindset is clear and good and you still feel dismay to think about pursuing the path to physician, then you need to reassess career choice, as he mentioned.
Absofrickinlutely. I'm a huge nerd. I am completely satisfied with every aspect of nursing except that I feel unmotivated that I don't understand the why much more. And I want to know it on a deeply intimate scientific level. Anything less will not do.
Well that and the fact I hate pretentious old women trying to justify nurses being completely equal to physicians from anti patriarchial third wave feminism.
I am currently an MD2 and you sound exactly like me from my freshman year. That was the year I was diagnosed with some anxiety issues and began mediciation. That was the year I hated my life, and it was a struggle for a while. Being pre-Med did not help. I gave up on it towards the end of my sophomore year and explored other options. I decided to restart my pre-Med plans during my junior year when I realized I didn’t have much of a plan B.
Please please please trust me when I say this. Pre med and medical school are NOT THE SAME. I HATED the cruel game of building my resume, crying over a C, getting nauseous at the thought of the MCAT and the dreaded application cycle I would never wish on anyone. I’m studying for Step 1 now and I would do this any day over doing premed again.
Don’t let your pre med experience dictate your desire for being a doctor. The only thing you need to ask yourself is, do I honestly want to be a physician? Don’t ask yourself if you want to endure Orgo, you don’t, no one does. Don’t ask yourself if you want to keep sacrificing to pass in physics, you don’t, no one does. Pre med is a horrendous mind game. But medical school A LOT better.
My response may not be what you want to hear, but it’s the truth. Pre med freaking sucks and I hope the curriculum nationwide gets revamped for the sake of young minds. Medical school is more work but it’s more relevant, enjoyable work.
Live the life no one wants now, so you can live the life everyone wants later . I don’t know you but if Medicine is what you want, I believe you can endure the struggle and come out better and stronger.
I'm excited to learn g chem and organic chem. Seems like some of the more useful classes one can learn. To clean my suppressor baffles I create acetate which reacts with the lead from the bullets to create lead acetate, and facilitates MUCH easier cleaning. (Just a pain to dispose of this hazardous waste sometimes).
Can't wait to learn more tricks.
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This statement is so foolish it's almost malicious. The MCAT is a high stakes, career deciding exam. If you don't think you can gain something by preparing for that, then you're pursuing the wrong profession.
I don't think he's saying it's worthless to study period, I think he means on its own. As in the only point of studying the MCAT is to get into school. I don't think anyone would debate that though
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I never was an RN. I studied straight into becoming an MD. Cleared my mle exams and all, I worked in Internal Medicine. I have done research as an MD. I did take a short course to familiarize myself in Clinical Research . No matter how much you think you know you still need industry specific information. I joined a short course in NJ and shortly thereafter I got a job as a Clinical Researcher. I feel that this was a good choice. You get to travel, work your alottted hours, still be involved in a Clinical setting and have the weekends to yourself. Plus the earnings I can't complain about.
Sorry, but this statement is useless
Did you really learn nothing about biology or chemistry or psychology while studying for the MCAT? There were no holes in your knowledge that you needed filled? You did zero content review throughout the whole thing?
If you’re not learning anything by studying for the MCAT you probably don’t need to study. Just take it and crush it. See you at MGH.