Let me guess, you're asking yourself . . .
"Am I am making the right choice of becoming a physician assistant over a doctor?"
- "Am I letting myself down?"
- "Am I selling out?"
- "Am I letting my family down?"
- "Am I giving in?"
- "Am I taking the easier road?"
I know how important these questions are because they are the same questions I asked myself eleven years ago as I stood in your shoes.
As you may have read on the blog, my wife is very happy about my final decision.
It is easy for me to answer the PA versus MD question now, as they say, "hindsight is 20/20." But, at the time I was very confused.
I am going to try to set the record straight for those of you who may still be on the fence:
If you want to have both a rich and fulfilling LIFE AND CAREER in medicine, a career in which you can make a real impact in your patients lives, then you want to choose a career as a physician assistant.
It is as simple as that!
Below is an email correspondence I had with a reader by the name of Diane. Maybe you can relate to her situation?
Here's my story:
I was pre-med at the University of Washington through my senior year. I changed majors in my fourth year, not on a whim, but after careful soul-searching.
Now, I spend three days a week with my family. I enjoy being present (physically and emotionally) as a dad and as a husband. I enjoy my career as a physician assistant. This is a lifestyle choice.
As a physician assistant, I pride myself on providing excellent care for my patients who are my top priority outside of my relationships with my family and friends. I have never been one to define myself by my career, my career fulfills another calling, one that is rooted in the loving care of my patients.
I cannot say enough about how much I love my career as a PA. I have never met a PA who says otherwise. I have, on the other hand, met doctors who say otherwise. I just returned from Haiti where we worked both solo and alongside doctors providing the full scope of patient care. In clinical practice, you would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between myself and one of the physicians in the clinic because our scope of practice is so broad.
It is an enjoyable and fulfilling career!
Stephen Pasquini PA-C
Remember, as Confucius says:
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
I could go on, but I will stop here to avoid being redundant.