Has anyone regretted their decision to become a PA instead of a Physician because we end up doing mostly the same work but for less pay? I'm considering the extra education

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I actually was in my 3rd year of medical school got burned out and became a PA. I love my job, huge benefit no residency and being able to change your specialty. I look at the lives and paths my friends had to go through to be physicians and never regret what I did. They look at me and are jealous

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Nope. I love being a PA. Sure I feel like I could be making more for the same work and get more respect from patients sometimes but I love the Flexibility and I’m proud to be a PA. Plus let student loans 🤷‍♀️

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I have this exact thought so I’m following this post for sure

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I agree. Similar situation. Love the flexibility PA offers and no debt!

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Nope!!! No regrets at all!!! I love my relationship with the physicians and am so glad I chose the PA route. So much less stress compared to my physician colleagues. I also feel like I have better work life balance

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I love being a PA. I have had some crappy jobs and I’ve had some amazing jobs. I’m currently in an amazing job. The entire time I was working those crappy jobs, I thought they were amazing. There is so much flexibility in this profession and depending on the specialty you practice in as a PA, your salary can be comparable to certain specialties of physicians, the lateral move in the profession offers constant stimulation. We work with MDs and have a gap year student program at our clinic. There

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Reading the comments below maybe if you pick your state wisely, and field wisely as a PA maybe one can avoid the being worked as a cheaper version of a doctor. I realise more and more in the area I work in California that is how we are being used. When I was a baby PA I thought it was cool, and we got RVU's. It was a good gig. Now I feel we are exploited by upper level management to keep their salaries the same in the face of changing reimbursement. I find PA's who started the bulk of their career prior to the upheavels of 2008 and kept the same type of work agreements choose to ignore the economic exploitation of PA's and are "honored" and "happy" and "grateful" to have been allowed to practice in the profession. Doctors are exploited also. But, they make more money.

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