So I'm on the brink of beginning to collect HCE hours in order to apply to PA school next April. As I do this and the more I talk with doctors and PAs, the more I continue to not completely rule out medical school on down the line. However, there seems to be such a negative stigma on this forum associated with doing this. Why is that? I don't want to pursue something as daunting as medical school at this point in time because I don't want to lock myself down to such a time commitment and financial obligation in my 20's. It's not how I want my life to play out. Although if I were to pursue becoming a doctor later in life, at that point I'd have contributed 7-10 years into the PA profession. In other industries people go back to school all the time later in life and give up their careers in order to do so. Why do PAs frown on students wanting to get their feet wet in medicine as a PA before taking such a giant leap into becoming a doctor? It seems like a PA would be better prepared for medical school than anyone else from having significant experience under their belt educationally and on-the-job.
With saying all of this I do not plan to go to medical school later in life. It's just something I haven't ruled out or completely eliminated from my mind. Right now I want to pursue a career as a PA. But as the thread title suggests, what's wrong with not having completely eliminated the possibility of going back later in life? Why does it have to be one or the other? I realize this thread might not go very well and people might take this logic and reasoning the wrong way, however I felt that I needed to ask some of you that are more experienced to garner your opinions on the topic. I thank you in advance.