I'm 28 years old and about to end the second semester of my first year and start rotations: I'm really hoping to hear from those who have been practicing for some time and may understand where I'm at. A little more about me: I was initially pre-med, 3.85 GPA (3.7 sGPA) but, after some soul-searching and conversations with my SO, I chose PA due to the urging of my SO and my assumptions about better work-life balance. Now I'm kind of regretting it.
Basically, I'm feeling like the knowledge base we're given in PA school only scratches the surface. I constantly want to know more, feeling like my education and the subsequent care I will provide is inadequate. I feel regretful that I chose to "settle" for PA school, but then I wonder if that's just my ego talking and if I'll be just fine in this field once I recognize my own limitations?! The "ego" was a big battle for me in relinquishing the idea of the "doctor" title. It's worth noting that during school: I have developed chronic back pain sitting in the same chair 9-10 hours per day, I am somewhat tired of studying, and I long for work-life balance!
I know I'm only halfway through school, but this really is tearing me apart. I've already thought of how I'll work as a PA for a couple years, then apply to med school. I don't care about the time or financial commitments (no obligations there). Then, I think of how miserable 4 more years in school sounds and I question my own logic!
My question is, if you could do it all over again from your early twenties, what you you choose? PA or MD/DO?
What would you suggest for someone in my situation?