PAstudentCanada Posted September 17, 2011 Share Posted September 17, 2011 An emerg physician and I were talking. She doesn't understand why in the world I would want to be a PA instead of an MD. She says "you are going to do the same job and get paid less and always have to practice according to your supervising physician's style." I then said that I get to finish school sooner, and make money sooner. But I agreed that she had a point and I said "if I become an emerg PA, after ten years of practice I will have the same skill and knowledge as most of the emerg physicians I am working with but will be paid less and, while that might bother me, I do realize that I didn't train as long as they did." Then she says "you might have the same skills but you will never have the same knowledge." I was quite taken back by this. I have a degree in medical science, the didactic portion of my PA program is almost identical to that of the MD program at my school, and I intend to thoroughly read the same materials that the MD residents read (Rosen's mostly) throughout my career. How could it possibly be that after ten years I wouldn't have the same knowledge? Am I wrong? Thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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