I am a fellowship-trained surgeon.
Besides the financial aspect, the following 7 points will make your decision of PA vs. MD easy:
2. A 40-50 hour work week is a dream for most MDs. Most of my colleagues work 60 hrs and some up to 80 hours a week.
3. Not counting the hours after you go home and come back for ’emergencies’.
4. Family life is a ‘possibility’ for PAs. Look around and see how many MDs have kids before 30. You will be surprised by the small number.
5. Most of my PA friends work two jobs (totaling 60-80hrs/week), so their salaries go up accordingly. Ever heard of an MD working two jobs. I guess 120-160 hrs/week is kinda difficult. Huh..
6. PAs work just as well and earn just as much respect by their patients and colleagues.
7. The only trajectory this trend is going is upwards. Mid-level providers’ need and utilization has been increasing exponentially.
I am totally happy with what I am doing. But if I were to advise an aspiring student for MD vs. PA, I would totally refer him/her to this post. I think the round 1 showdown is won by PAs, not MDs.
- Dr. S
What do you think? Is Dr. S spot on or dead wrong? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. You probably know where I stand on this debate. 🙂