What are the advantages of becoming a physician over a PA?

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Disclaimer – I’m an MD so obviously I can’t be completely objective. My decision to choose MD over being a PA really came down to 2 main factors: 1) I had a desire to be trained in the deepest level of medical knowledge available 2) I always wanted the option to practice completely independently, free of supervision. I would say those are the main advantages of being an MD over a PA, broadly speaking. Of course there is a pay difference, but TBH, I wouldn’t weight that much into a decision to chose MD vs PA bc money alone is NOT worth it if that’s why you’re leaning MD. Trust me on that!

Guru Answered on October 26, 2018.
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