So the short version is. I will be 27 soon. Have one 3y/o and another on the way. Am married with a wife who is willing to follow me anywhere I decide to go. Got into Med school and PA school this year. I will be paying for both on my own. MD school = 200k (estimate) PA = 100K. What should I do? Medicine is a passion, but so is family. After shadowing MDs for over 3 months (7 diff docs, men and women, dif spec.), none seemed happy. Only one said go into medicine. The others said I was nuts and they wouldn't do it again. The two PAs I shadowed are very happy and recommended PA school and a PA career to follow. I want to work with patients but I have other interests. (My kids, music, fishing...the list goes on.) I know the answer to lifestyle and balance is all about the individual and how they handle their career but I wanted to know what any of you would do if you were in my situation? Thanks for the advice!!!