This post is in response to – Why Physician Associates are paid more than doctors
Disagree with a lot in this article. A lot of medical degrees take 6 years especially now more and more medical students are doing intercalated degrees to make their applications stand out for specialty training posts. Just because some physician associates might be older doesn’t make them better or safer practitioners. In fact, some of the dodgiest people I’ve worked with are PAs who over-estimate their clinical ability and attempt things way outside their skillset. As doctors, your training is far more in-depth and so you have a better idea of what you know and what you don’t know and when you need to escalate. Our degree takes considerably longer, we sit many more exams (yes, even after graduating – which we pay for ourselves!), we have more responsibility even as juniors, and unlike PAs our job is not 9-5. The absolute joke is that consultants see these people as the ones to train up (y’know instead of the ACTUAL medical trainees) because they are the more permanent members of staff. Absolute ******* disgrace.
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