Should you become a PA, or a physician? It’s a tough decision. These articles are designed to help you make the decision.

Is Being a Physician Overrated?

Is being a doctor overrated? It is according to’s evaluation of the “Most Overrated Jobs of 2011.” The article summarized’s evaluation of professions that tend to be highly regarded, but when examined more closely have hidden costs that make them less desirable.  […]

Will Being a PA Satisfy You? Worry Not

If you struggle with the career decision of PA vs MD or PA vs NP or even PA vs Starbucks Barista (a job I’ve long fantasized about) you’ve probably wondered once or twice: “Will Being a Physician Assistant Satisfy Me?” […]

PA vs MD: Malpractice, Part I

The PA vs MD section of our site is not intended to cover debates; rather the “vs” in the title is meant to describe the issues that crop up when a student tries to decide between the two professions.  Today, however, debate at least enters into it.  I’m talking about physician assistant malpractice.  Better you should go into this field knowing the reality. […]

The Death of Solo Primary Care?

If you've been paying attention, you know that America is experiencing a health care crisis.  One of the bigger losses is the solo primary care physician.  My father was one, and it was clear when he died that his kind of work - getting to know patients by treating them for decades by yourself, had [...]

PA Vs. MD: if you’re in PA school, are you a medical student? Part II

Finals are over - finally - and I can now look at the results of my unofficial survey asking the PA vs MD* question: "Are those in PA school Medical Students? If you missed the post, you can read it by clicking the link, or you can read the article on KevinMD by clicking here. Basically, [...]

PA vs MD Poll: If You’re In PA School, Are You a Medical Student?

PA vs. MD: are those in PA school medical students? PA vs. MD topics always seem to stir peoples' emotions -- or should I say frappé? About two weeks ago, I got into an interesting debate with a reader of an article I wrote for the medical blog, (click for the article [...]