NP vs MD

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  1. Latte47

    Latte47 New Member

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    Hello.

    I am torn between becoming an NP and an MD. I've been googling but I cannot find answers as to what the differences are and they both seem like good careers.

    Could anyone provide me with some insight? If you could pick one of them, which would you pick and why?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Crow

    Crow Moderator Most Active 2018

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    A while ago you posted a thread saying you were torn between midwifery and obstetrics. I posed the question: “what do you want out of your career?”

    I pose the same question to you now.
     
  3. chinaski

    chinaski Regular Member

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    Do you want to be a nurse or a doctor? Pretty clear-cut decision there.
     
  4. A1

    A1 Admissions Speculator Moderator

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    An obvious difference is an MBBS/MD graduate can progress to vocational training to become a specialist (including GP), an NP can't.
     
  5. pi

    pi Junior doctor Administrar

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    Well, NPs can "specialise" too. For example, can become specialised in dialysis, or chemotherapy, or basic emergency medicine, or drug and alcohol services.
     
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    Not in the sense of specialist being a fellow of a College though?
     
  7. pi

    pi Junior doctor Administrar

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    Well obviously not because they're not doctors, but working in a specialised role nonetheless.
     
  8. Latte47

    Latte47 New Member

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    What exactly do you mean? Do you mean things like work/life balance, patient interaction, etc.?

    Aren't there also other specialities like paediatrics, neonatal and ICU?
     
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    Yes. I was giving some examples, not typing a comprehensive list.
     
  10. chinaski

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    Indeed, nurse practitioners necessarily specialise - their scope of practice is limited to what they've trained in (ie being an NP is not the equivalent of being a general practitioner or general physician).
     
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