I'm 28, married, no kids. I always wanted to be an MD but got sidetracked by life and did a nursing degree. I like the patient care etc, but I needed more challenge. I thought...I already have a nursing degree why not improve on that? So, I got an NP and have been practicing for about 2 years. The problem is that I still want to know/do more. I still need several pre-reqs so I will start classes this summer at a local 4 year university. Everything seems to be going ok, my spouse is supportive, I think I would like it.....but then I start speaking with a friend of mine who is a CRNA, loves his job, is very challenged and gets a great salary. He made me see what a great option that would be. So.....my quandary: MD with 8 yrs (+1 1/2 of pre-reqs) or CRNA with 2.5 yrs (1 extra pre-req). I can't say for certain whether or not I would finish the CRNA program and still want more, but the time involved seems so much more palatable (since I already have 7.5 years of previous education). I know the time involved shouldn't play a major factor in my decision, but it really does. Any thoughts?