What are some medical degrees that are a little lower than a M.D. or General Practitioner?

I want to pursue a degree in the medical field. I wanted to become a M.D. in Pediatrician but I decided I did not want to invest 11 years into my education. I am 24 and barely done with my associates degree. You do the math. I don’t want to be in my LATE thirties by the time I start practicing and making money.

So, I have decided to take it down a notch. I want to be something similar to a M.D. but something that will require less time and schooling. I want to gain prestige and I want to earn a respected degree. Which medical degrees are a notch below M.D. General Practitioner. I know that for the medical field M.D. is the highest degree.

I need to know what degrees/ medical professions are just below that and offer prestige and require similar work as a Doctor? What are my options. Also, I want a degree that will cover and allow me to do work and practice in any medical department.

What I mean by this is

At first, I had chosen to become a Pediatrician, but then I realized that I was confining myself to a specific type of medical field/study. With that degree, you work strictly with kids and you learn certain specified criteria for that degree. I want medical degree that will offer me any opportunity to branch out to different medical departments. Is there anything like it?

What choices are out there, what type of Degree do I get with this AND HOW LONG WILL TAKE ME TO GET THIS DEGREE??? PLEASE HELP ME. THANKS IN ADVANCE.

SECOND QUESTION: I was told a Physician Assistant was the next best thing? If so, what type of degree do I need?
MVD,

I am not having difficulty with my two year degree, I just would prefer not to spend so much time in school. Please answer my question, and stop being so judgmental?
Simpson,

I started school late for apparent reasons. That is why I asked you to stop passing judgments, I need your advice, but you sir still DON’T know everything.

PA is going to be the next step down, but don’t get us wrong, it is NOTHING like an MD. You will not have "prestige", you will not make even close to the money that an MD makes, and it’s its own degree.

Just to clarify, you do not get a degree in General Practictioner. You get an MD degree at the end of your 4 years of med school. It’s 8 years of schooling total, not 11. And two of those med school years are spent rotating to various hospitals through various specialities. You are not in a classroom 8 hours a day for those two years. You then go through residency where you pursue your speciality.

The way it works is
4 year undergrad degree
4 year med school degree
3-7 years residency
Practice

If you want something that you can branch out from and still be an MD, then the jump off specialities are General Surgery (you can go into virtually any surgical profesion from there) and Internal Medicine. Once you do a year or two in those residencies, then you do a subspeciality residency/fellowship.

If you think that we are being judgmental, then you are not going to be cut out to be in the medical field as anyone that works with patients or who has to ‘match’. You said yourself that you are 24 and "barely done with your associates degree". That’s a degree that most students are able to complete by 19 or 20. Honesty is not the same as being judgmental.

It’s time to get thicker skin and get off the pot. If you don’t want to spend time in school, then get a low level nursing degree. A PA is going to be another 4 years of schooling (2 for your undergrad, 2 post grad). A BSN (RN) is going to be another 2 years, minimum.

+ No, there are no "apparent reasons". I don’t think you know what that means.

I passed no judgment on you until you started smarting off and acting like a 12 year old who didn’t get Justin Bieber tickets. My judgments are based on your attitude and ignorance, not on your schooling. Better get used to it because the medical profession is based on all kind of judgments and if you can’t handle being judged, then you cannot handle most positions in the medical field.
You better believe that interviewers are going to ask you POINT BLANK why you are so behind in school and you are going to be judged on it.
You better believe that if you start spouting off about "11 years of school" and "branching off", that you are going to be judged and your application is going to be rejected.
You better believe that if you throw a tempertantrum and start yelling that people "don’t know everything" when they judge you, you are going to be escorted out by security and blacklisted.

I, Miss, do NOT know everything, and the way I handle that is by learning more openly, not mouthing off to people being honest and trying to help.



  • I believe what you may be interested in is CERTIFIED NURSE PRACTITIONER. Basically, it is a nursing degree taken up a notch. You are then qualified to exam patients especially for follow-ups and treat them under the supervision of the attending physician. You do not want to be a physician assistant since you do not require college for that position. You would simply do weight, temperatures, blood pressures, and menial things the doctor would not want to take the time to do.References :

  • I think you are a little confused — MD is a Medical Doctorate and it represents the professional qualification you need to sit for the medical board exam and pursue your residency and specialty. To be blunt, it is not a reasonable option for someone who is having difficulty with a 2 year degree.

    You do not get your MD in Pediatrics. In the US, this is generally a GP who specializes in the care of children…who sits for the Pediatric board exam.

    Physician Assistant see below links.References : http://www.aapa.org/

    http://www.aapa.org/about-pas/becoming-a-physician-assistant

  • PA is going to be the next step down, but don’t get us wrong, it is NOTHING like an MD. You will not have "prestige", you will not make even close to the money that an MD makes, and it’s its own degree.

    Just to clarify, you do not get a degree in General Practictioner. You get an MD degree at the end of your 4 years of med school. It’s 8 years of schooling total, not 11. And two of those med school years are spent rotating to various hospitals through various specialities. You are not in a classroom 8 hours a day for those two years. You then go through residency where you pursue your speciality.

    The way it works is
    4 year undergrad degree
    4 year med school degree
    3-7 years residency
    Practice

    If you want something that you can branch out from and still be an MD, then the jump off specialities are General Surgery (you can go into virtually any surgical profesion from there) and Internal Medicine. Once you do a year or two in those residencies, then you do a subspeciality residency/fellowship.

    If you think that we are being judgmental, then you are not going to be cut out to be in the medical field as anyone that works with patients or who has to ‘match’. You said yourself that you are 24 and "barely done with your associates degree". That’s a degree that most students are able to complete by 19 or 20. Honesty is not the same as being judgmental.

    It’s time to get thicker skin and get off the pot. If you don’t want to spend time in school, then get a low level nursing degree. A PA is going to be another 4 years of schooling (2 for your undergrad, 2 post grad). A BSN (RN) is going to be another 2 years, minimum.

    + No, there are no "apparent reasons". I don’t think you know what that means.

    I passed no judgment on you until you started smarting off and acting like a 12 year old who didn’t get Justin Bieber tickets. My judgments are based on your attitude and ignorance, not on your schooling. Better get used to it because the medical profession is based on all kind of judgments and if you can’t handle being judged, then you cannot handle most positions in the medical field.
    You better believe that interviewers are going to ask you POINT BLANK why you are so behind in school and you are going to be judged on it.
    You better believe that if you start spouting off about "11 years of school" and "branching off", that you are going to be judged and your application is going to be rejected.
    You better believe that if you throw a tempertantrum and start yelling that people "don’t know everything" when they judge you, you are going to be escorted out by security and blacklisted.

    I, Miss, do NOT know everything, and the way I handle that is by learning more openly, not mouthing off to people being honest and trying to help.References :

  • Whew. Umm, where to start. First, the Doctor stuff- everyone who practices medicine as a MD, gets the same MD-they take the same stuff in med school (4 years) then they do a residency in their respective field. All MDs are "equal" so to speak. There is no MD that is is "lower" than another. All MDs specialize (if even in family practice) as all really need to be board certified to be employed. You also need a residency, which is in the specialty of your choice.

    Under MDs are mid level practitioners: these are nurse practitioners, Physician assistants (the first answer was confusing that with a medical assistant), nurse anesthetists, and nurse-midwives. These require a masters or even a (nursing or PA) doctorate in a dedicated program.

    Only MDs, mid levels, DOs, podiatrists etc are allowed to diagnosis and treat patients.

    For now, I advise you to work on getting into a bachelors program and taking it one step at a time. See how you do with higher level science. To be a nurse practitioner you will need to attend nursing school and get a BSRN.References : PA


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