Hello Everyone, I am brand new to this forum and am seeking your advice. I consider myself a non-trad having graduated from college with a Biology degree in 2009. I was married during my junior year of college and recently had twin girls this winter. Before I had my girls, I was on the path to medical school. I have extensive volunteer and shadowing hours and have also conducted some research. When I graduated college, I actually worked as a research assistant at a local hospital. I began studying for the MCAT when I was pregnant but postponed it due to some complications that arose, ending with bedrest for several months. Now that my girls are a few months old, I am beginning to think of returning to the path of medical school. Now that I am a mom, I am also looking into the PA route. I have done many google and SDN searches to feel out the differences, and I have mainly found that it seems to be a personal decision. I also plan to shadow a PA, but do not have any connections at the moment. Some of my thoughts... I am afraid of having regrets if I do not pursue the MD route. I am also afraid of having regrets on the other end, if I do pursue the MD route and have to be away from my family for such an extensive amount of time. We are lucky that both our families live locally (we are about an hour outside of Boston), so childcare will not be an issue. It is just guilt and wanting to be a big part of my girls' lives. As far as autonomy, it does not bother me that PAs are under a MD. I think collaboration is a big part of healthcare, and my personality type is not one that needs to be the "head honcho." Finances. I am looking for a six figure income. My husband and I want to be able to afford to travel, send the girls and any future children to Montessori school, etc. Like I said, this has probably been beaten to death, and I know that I am the one who ultimately has to decide which road to take. I just happened to stumble upon this forum in my search and would love some advice and insight from other non-trads!