PA vs. MD: are PA students call themselves medical students?

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 and comments).  In the article, I referred to myself as a medical student.  I had several reasons for doing this which I won’t share at this point.  Anyway, one of the readers took me to task, saying that I shouldn’t use that title since I was working toward my PA and not my MD.  Some of my classmates and I discussed the issue, and I was surprised at how differently some of us felt.  I thought I would put it out there and see what you think.  Recall my last post, where I argued that PA school may not be right for you if your title is more important to you than what you do at work.

The poll isn’t scientific, and it won’t make policy, but I have to admit I’m curious.  When I have enough data, I’ll report back with the results, and add them to the PA vs MD category.  If you’d like to share your opinion, please do; we’d love to hear what you think!        -Paul

pa vs md poll

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