So Why CRNA and not MD/DO
by, 07-03-2006 at 09:30 PM (1206 Views)
Well... interesting story.
I am an A type personality. It seems i cannot settle with "soldier" I always want to be the general and that is what attracted me to the Physician profession. Im sure alot of you feel the same.
In anycase, after much discussion with many physician friends (most of which said they wouldnt do it again) I decided that before i could make a decision i had to have the options. So i did the med pre reqs and got in.
I turned it down for a couple of reasons. Time is a big one. I would not be done med school and residency until i was 41-42 years old. Im not sure I will still be the "A-Type" i am not at that time in my life. Essentially i may not be the doctor i would want to be. The second reason is probably the main one, dissolusion with the profession. Through my MD/DO friends I have gained a new insight into how controlled things are by litigation. Its the root of discontent amoung physicians and what often sours them on the profession. I am not interest in that situation.
The CRNA profession is a whole different world. Increasing in numbers, lobbying for more autonomy and already working as the most autonomous midlevels in existance. After shadowing a couple of CRNAs and seeing their job and most importantly, how happy they were I was hooked.
I have never encountered a profession where noone regretts their decision or is unhappy. CRNAs seem to be that exception. This has even been quantified by the national survey of CRNAs job satisfaction. Really, thats a powerful statement!
So thats the story!
Next journal entry will be how things went once i made the decision for CRNA school.