doctor vs. pharmacist?

<p>I am really confused about whether i should be a hospital pharmacist or a doctor...what are the pros and cons of each profession and what are the differences in work environments and stuff you have to do?</p>


<p>aren't you still in HS? you have plenty of time to do some more research and then decide.</p>

<p>Why don't you try shadowing a hospital pharmacist and a doctor and then come back with some more specific questions...</p>

<p>well i wanna know if i want to be a doctor or not so that i can choose whether ill do premed</p>

<p>Taking pharm courses will get you most of your premeds, i'd expect.</p>

<p>and vice versa.</p>

<p>Kobe, do some research (google is your friend), check and see what courses are required by some of medical and pharmacy schools you are likely to apply to (or at least your home state schools), take some time to think about what you expect the differences of being a doctor or pharmacist are (I'm sure you can think of a lot), and then try shadowing if you still don't know which is more your style.</p>

<p>doctor= more prestige and more money
but pharmacist- has a better life.</p>

<p>academic differences seem quite obvious; you just gotta research</p>

<p>will being a hospital pharmacist make you feel like a doctor with all the diagnosis stuff along with the environments and satisfaction...or do pharmacists just sit around and wait for doctors to give them prescribed medicine?...i tried researching this but i just cant find any close details on what exactly does a hospital pharmacist does.</p>

<p>when i was shadowing my doctor, i did see a doctor of pharmacy and it seems as if she was a doctor- explaining the drug to the patient, wearing a white coat. however, im not sure if its as satisfying as a doctor. the doctor is still a higher position than a pharmacist.</p>

<p>pharmacists do not diagnose.</p>

<p>well duh..........</p>

<p>hey, he (kobe) asked...</p>

<p>ok sorry there bigredmed</p>

<p>any other ideas</p>

<p>I would rather be a nurse than a pharmacist.</p>

<p>not quite the same paycheck, though. although nurse anesthetists make a killing, don't they?</p>

<p>y would u rather be a nurse?</p>

<p>1) advice a-don't let a nurse see/hear that
2) advice b-i'm hoping for a sincere enquiry...saying that in certain tones could get you hit
3) i believe nurse practitioners make around $80?
4) nurse anesthetists make 6 figures with regularity (random zip code):
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5) Regular hours (NA position)
6) I believe they pay insurance, but it's much less
7) Less stress (again, high level nurses)
8) Less time in training
9) Less student loan debt</p>

<p>not for everyone, but it's not a bad career option</p>

<p>LNPs and PA's make high salaries as well</p>

<p>edit: that's just financial, QOL stuff. some people find nursing more rewarding. certainly a RN gets to work and interact with people in a more important fashion than a pathologist or researcher.</p>

<p>If pharmacy school and being a pharmacist doesn't work out, go to medical school, or the other way around. It won't be the end of the world. Ultimately, both careers reflect a desire to learn and help people. Whatever you choose, just be confident.</p>