Considering a Career in Natural Medicine?
Talk to somebody on the inside.
How much does medical school really cost?
Is it better to become an MD, DO, ND (or NMD), NP, PA, homeopath, clinical nutritionist, clinical herbalist, health coach or what?
What about job satisfaction, earning potential, opportunities for working/volunteering abroad, loan forgiveness, versatility of skillset? When do you fit in travel, a wedding, and childrearing if you want to become a doctor?
There are so many factors to consider when taking the very big step of pursuing a career in medicine. There’s no one right choice for everybody, but with a little thought you may be able to find the path that best suits your talents and goals.
I am a graduate of a CNME-accredited naturopathic medical school and can speak to the pros and cons of the education I received (which, by the way, was phenomenal!) and the job prospects I found (and didn’t) when I got out of school. I’ve also been out of school long enough to see what kinds of personalities thrive in this industry and what kinds don’t. I have close friends that are NDs, MDs, DOs, NPs, PharmDs and all other kinds of practitioners – some in private practice, others working in hospitals and urgent cares, others working for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies, others teaching, others writing, others working with plant medicine in the Amazon, and still others in research – who have shared with me (both on and off the record) how they feel about their career choices and the advice they wish they’d received when they were sitting where you are right now.
I hope you’re asking yourself these tough questions and doing more than just guesstimating the answers. Let me help you connect some of the dots and fill in the gaps so that you can make the choice that’s ultimately smartest – and healthiest – for you in the long run. Because my goal? Is for you to be happy.