Hi Allie! Great question! This was actually one of the questions I was asked when I interviewed for PA school. Personally, I wanted to practice medicine and prescribe medication but I didn't want to be in school for more than 2 years for my master's degree. From what I understand, doctors are in school for at least 6 years after high school. If you pick a specialty, it would be longer. I knew that I wanted to get married and have kids someday and wanted to have as much of a work life balance as possible. Most doctors do not have flexible schedules, even though some do. Also, I considered the amount of school loan debt I would have when I was all done. Doctors practice independently while PAs are supervised by doctors. I like practicing team medicine so it was a great fit for me. Here's a website that might help you make a decision. Good luck!
Sandhya recommends the following next steps:
1. They are able to work in multiple specialities. For example, a doctor that becomes a pediatrician will be a pediatrician for life. A PA can change jobs from working in pediatrics to come be a PA for a dermatologist.
2. They don't want to go to school for as long. PA's go to school for 2 years after college, physicians go to school for 4 years after college plus 3-8 years of residency afterwards.
There are many other reasons why people choose to be a PA. It is an excellent profession, and a great option to look into if you want to go into the health field.