Hello! I already posted this under some other posts today as a reply, so if you've already seen it, sorry!! I feel very confused. I want to go into international health/tropical medicine but am not sure about the best route. Last May I got my BA. Immediately after that I started prereqs for nursing. I have just finished my first semester of an accelerated nursing program, and have realized that I am more interested in medicine. I am trying to decide if I should continue w/ nursing school and finish in May 2008 or begin premed coursework this summer so I can take the MCAT in May 2008. Or, I could finish nursing school and then go to school to become a nurse practitioner or PA, or I could stop nursing school and get a job as a tech and take prereqs for PA school. My questions: -Will I feel limited if I become an NP or PA? Will I always wish I had gone to med school? -How much free time does a medical student have? -Is the time and effort required for medical school really worth it? -How do NP's and PA's feel about their jobs? -What is the best career path for my goals? -If I go to med school, will I feel like I have no time in my life for other things that are very important to me, such as family, friends, or travel? -Should I continue w/ nursing school? My goals for 10 years from now: -Have time to relax, hike, see friends, have kids -have a medical job that is challenging but not too time consuming in the US -have my MPH -learn various foreign languages -have a job that sends me overseas to do international health/tropical medicine. What advice do people have??? How do you feel about the education/career choices you have made? Thanks!!!! I would really appreciate any insight.