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RN - to - MD.....possible or not?

Discussion in 'Clinicians [ RN / NP / PA ]' started by psalm23, Feb 7, 2002.

  1. psalm23

    psalm23 New Member

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    Dear Fellow Writers,

    Currently I am at college in an RN to BSN program. Have been a nurse for about six years and worked in many areas. Lately and for some time now, I've been really unhappy in the nursing profession and have expressed a desire to go to medical school; however, my nursing advisors at college think its absurd for me to think of something like that and are trying really hard to discourage me. They are even using my past poor grades and my age of 30yrs. as evidence to not bother thinking of doing medicine. They are also suggesting to become a nurse practitioner, but I am still unfazed in my quest to become an MD. What should I do? Follow my dreams? Or succumb to the continuous onslaught of insults and discouragements? And is it even possible with my age at 30? What do you guys out there think?
     
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  3. Freeeedom!

    Freeeedom! Senior Member
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    There were at least 4 former RN's in my class in med school. 1 PA, 2 RT's and 1 PT.
    It is absolutely possible!! By the way, I went to a DO program which has a history of LOVING students with prior medical experience!!
    You WILL make it...just stay determined!!
     
  4. Optimistic

    Optimistic Senior Member
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    I think people around you are jealous and dont want you to get ahead of them. I have a very good friend who was a nurse and she is in second year of medschool. So if you want to be a doctor you should definitely give it a try....Goodluck.
     
  5. </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Freeeedom!:
    <strong>There were at least 4 former RN's in my class in med school. 1 PA, 2 RT's and 1 PT.
    It is absolutely possible!! By the way, I went to a DO program which has a history of LOVING students with prior medical experience!!
    You WILL make it...just stay determined!!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">What DO school do you go to? Just curious. If you don't mind sharing. Thanks.
     
  6. tedsadoc2002

    tedsadoc2002 Senior Member
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    Hi Ps. 23 (a particular favorite of mine)

    If you check out the thread " transition" under this (nursing) topic, you will see the journey of the originator of the thread (a former emergency dept. RN) to med school. Not only that, you will see my story and journey from nursing (also an ED nurse) to medical school posted in that thread. There were a total of 5 RN's in my class, all of us are doing well and 4 of the 5 are much older than you are! I will be graduating in May and hopefully will be an emergency medicine resident come July!

    Please do not allow these people to discourage you. You are going to have to seek advice on how to proceed from other sources, perhaps a school with a dedicated post-baccalaureate pre-med program. If this is not feesible, seek advice from the admissions offices of some of the programs you are interested in. I did this when I needed information. Best of luck in your pursuit. :cool: :cool: :cool:

    "He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, He seats them with princes, with the princes of their people." Ps 113
     
  7. tedsadoc2002

    tedsadoc2002 Senior Member
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    P.S. (no pun intended :) )

    I overcame a rocky undergrad GPA when I did my post-bac studies (3.9 GPA, all of the classes were sciences) because I was determined to achieve my goal. I had been out of school for 10 long years, so I know it can be done. Go for the gold!
     
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    tedsadoc2002 Senior Member
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    P.S. (no pun intended :) )

    I overcame a rocky undergrad GPA when I did my post-bac studies (3.9 GPA, all of the classes were sciences) because I was determined to achieve my goal. I had been out of school for 10 long years, so I know it can be done. Go for the gold!
     
  9. NurseyK

    NurseyK Bunny-Slave
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    I'm going to echo Ted...

    We have 4 former ER/Trauma/Flight RNs in my current DO class. We're all doing just fine. 3 of us are..ah hem...."older"....(read: been out of undergrad at least 10 - 15 yrs) and we aren't having any different problems than any of our "younger" cohorts. Actually, I would say that we may be having it a tad smoother because we know we WANT to be there - we have been out in the "real world" and have given up decent careers/lifestyles to be here. I also believe, because of being older, and having been out working, we seem to be managing our time and stress levels better than some who have been continuously going to school; ie: share some hell-nite ER stories and realize this "school stuff" is MUCH easier <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    Tune those uninformed nay-sayers out and enjoy your journey...

    Kat :D

    PS: Just make sure you know WHY you are getting out of Nursing (this actually came up in many of my interviews). Nursing and Medicine are quite alike in many ways; you can't leave one to "escape" to the other. Leave Nursing for the "right" reasons....Just some food-for-thought for when it comes to interview time.
    -- K :)
     
  10. EMDrMoe

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    A good friend of mine went RN to MD at 31 as a single mom of a 1 year old. She went to Case Western. As I've said in other posts: Don't take no for an answer! It's your life, not theirs. Go get 'em!
     
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    Im am an 19 y/o Emt in my 1st year of nursing. I am also planning to enter med school a few(4) years from now. I know it is possible because it has been done. Even if it had never been done I would still go this route because I believe it gives the best outcome. I was watching that new show on discovery health about MD students, they had 3rd year students taking each others B/P and lung sounds, they were so amazed at how faint they sounded and how hard it was. LOL We will be Miles above the rest of our class. Also you may want to consider a D.O. school, they seem to respect past medical experince more than the MD schools. But if MD is your goal GO FOR IT!
    Keep up the hard work and dont listen to your advisors whos job is to produce nurses not Doctors.
     
  12. Freeeedom!

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    To answer a previous question...I went to one of the 2 DO programs in Missouri.
     

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