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  1. 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).
  2. Hi PA forum, I am the father of a 23 y/o son, who's interested in going to PA school. I've been browsing these forums and it seems that many of the more experienced/older PAs always encourage younger applicants to go to medical school instead. Although I support his decision, I was wondering why someone would become a PA as their first career at a young age instead of going to medical school? A bit about his situation: BS in Molecular Biology with a 3.90 GPA ~3000 healthcare hours, with the majority of being a scribe and some as a HCT He actually took the MCAT 3x and has a competitive score for DO schools, but I'm not sure about MD. He did apply to MD schools last year but did not get interviews. Research assistant, Leadership roles, short term jobs, etc. Originally becoming a physician was his goal, but he says that after working with many dissatisfied physicians in the ER, he wanted to go to PA school. He also said that the PAs that he spoke with were very happy with their careers. I apologize if I'm hitting on a touchy subject, but he said the only reason for going to med school for him would be the higher salary, since he understands that experienced PAs may end up doing many of the same things as physicians. Ultimately, he says he does not want to put in the time commitment of medical school + residency, competing for board exams for residencies, etc. He does not care about the prestige of being a physician but just enjoys being able to treat patients. I'm not asking for convincing arguments about how he should go to medical school but rather would just like to gather an understanding of why someone who's at a younger age (and male) would choose going to PA school instead. Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Edit: Also, he is currently accepted to a PA program but has a DO interview in January. He says he does not wish to attend. I do ultimately support his decision to go to PA school but am wondering if he will regret it later down the line (say when he's 40) as many of the older PAs on this forum express. Again, no disrespect to the older PAs as I would love to hear their opinions as well.
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