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I quit NP school to pursue MD


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Aug 17, 2019
  1. Pre-Medical
Hello guys,

I quit NP school to pursue my MD....

a little backstory: I am a registered nurse and I have been one for a little over a year I currently work in the emergency department in a small community hospital but my career started on a telemetry floor. During nursing school as well as those initial months of working as an RN I came to the realization I wanted to do more for my patients and know more I have a passion for science and a love of the medical field it’s all I have ever done (I was an EMT, ER tech, Army Combat Medic before I became a nurse) I struggled for a long time between what I wanted to do next I knew that NP would allow me to do more for my patients than I can with my scope of practice as an RN but I also knew I would besettling for less because I would not get the education and adequate preparation that I was seeking. Medical school seemed like an extremely difficult journey and I was discouraged because coming from a poor Latino family and being the first one to go to college I had so many hurdles and obstacles that made completing my undergrad so hard I could not imagine struggling for another couple of years as I progressed through medical school. So I chose nurse practitioner school justifying it to myself that it isn’t medical school but I will at least have more autonomy than I do now and would be able to help my patients in a greater capacity.Two semesters in and I am so disappointed with the program the pathophysiology and pharmacology is terrible I do not feel like I am being prepared adequately and it is so discouraging the depth to the information is honestly not much deeper than what I learned in nursing school and is swamped by the numerous pointless papers in nursing theories. I knew going in what I was getting myself into but I am just not satisfied with the program or the role I wish to know more like I said I have a passion for learning and understanding. Now that I am in the emergency department working closely with the ER docs I have been talking to one in particular that has become somewhat of a mentor and It is shadowing him and seeing what he does compared to what the PA’s and NP’s do that has lead me to make the decision to quit nurse practitioner school. I struggled for so long and even convinced myself to settle for something I knew deep down I would not be happy with. the plan now is to sign up for a formal post bacc program and continue to work as an RN to pay for the classes and then apply to both DO and MD. I guess the reason for posting on this forum and telling my story is to see if anyone has walked down a similar path, I know their are RN’s to MD’s in this website and a lot of no traditional have very interesting stories that have led them to medicine. I was initially nervous about my decision but I feel at peace and I know I have made the right choice. Thanks for taking the time to read through this guys.
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2+ Year Member
Jan 22, 2019
  1. Attending Physician
I am glad it did not take me starting NP school to realize that the whole NP thing is just a sham... All I did was to look at the NP curriculum of the state schools where I was living and decided that was not for me. Besides, I did not like the idea of being a second class thing... so to speak.
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May 25, 2020
  1. Other Health Professions Student
Congrats on med school! The nurses that I know did very well in medical school - they told me that the info the professors were teaching in medical school related to things that they already knew and learned as working nurses! You will do very well!
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