SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads. Hello dear folks of SDN! Haven't been here in a while but recently found a good reason to pop up here again. I really need informed advise from those of you in PA profession. Here's the situation. My family friend ( I don't mean me) is a surgeon from Eastern Europe. He was quite established in this field in the old country. Now he has all 3 steps of USMLE passed (perhaps w/ not so hot scores). He is also pushing big 50 next year. So.... the time is of the essence. So far he has ben unable to land any meaningful residency opportunities that interest him i.e surgical field. Quite frankly, as an FMG in this age group w/ less than stelar USMLE scores (could be a laguage thing too) it's not likely that he will ever be a practicing sergeon in U.S. My question to you is could someone w/ his education and passed USMLE have some kind of shorter pathway to becoming a PA? Please pardon my ignarance, I've never researced such route for my needs, but may be you've heard or know of such transition. The reason he wants to go PA route is it will him to be in the field that he loves. He is not hung up on status (being an MD), he just wants to get going w/ doing the things he is really good at. I really appreciate any advise, or just pointing in the right direction. Thank You all in advance.