Wow, thank you all for your opinions! I could not have guessed that so many of you would have responded. To add, I don't think he's at all worried at all about working under/with a physician, as long as he's perceived as a competent provider. I suspect this would come with experience and as relationships are built with physicians.
What do you mean "shackled to this as a 40+ year career"? I do think that he wishes to be a PA in order to enjoy his youth a bit more, but I feel that going to medical school would only be 2 years difference. In regards to residency, I do understand that hours can be very long (~80-100hrs/week), but you are still being paid a liveable salary at that time while a full time PA would also be working with ~3 weeks/year PTO similar to residents. Or am I wrong? Obviously, I'm probably of significantly older age than you, so my view may be biased since in my generation, we were expected to work hard for that better life down the road (I am a 1st generation immigrant). In regards to work/life balance in general for physicians vs. PAs, I have seen on this forum that hours are pretty equivalent in most specialties except for surgery or am I wrong again?
Thank you so much for your input EMEDPA. I am sorry to hear that the PA profession didn't turn out as you would have hoped, but I do hope you find better opportunities overseas. I have seen you post quite frequently in similar threads in regards to the lack of respect that is sometimes associated with being a PA. Other than this and having the need to "run the show", would you say that it took nearly 20 years of experience to earn similar respect to physicians or was it just the poor work environments that you started off in? I have heard that the PA profession is taking great strides within recent years to being recognized by both patients and the healthcare team as being excellent healthcare providers but was curious on your personal opinion.
Are there restrictions to practicing as a hospitalist or in emergency medicine if you go med school and undergo a family medicine residency? Such as additional training, etc.
I'm not trying to change his opinion but like I said, I wanted to really understand why a younger applicant who has a DO interview would want to just take his PA acceptance and just run with it, especially when he had his mind set for becoming a physician for the entirety of his 4 years of college. He only recently within the past <1 year decided that he wanted to go to PA school instead. Admittedly, I did encourage him to apply to medical school again this year but I am by no means pressuring him to do what he doesn't want to do. I just hope he's fully informed about his decision (he doesn't know I have made this post, but I may decide to show him and encourage him to at least attend the DO interview before making his final decision, such as IDCtoPA said above).