My girlfriend just started PA school. She is very excited and I thought that it was a great opportunity and a wonderful education. However, I am getting my Masters in clinical research and have been around a number of NPs and physicians, and they all tend to look down upon PAs. I guess my question is, WHY???? I do not understand. It gets to a point where if a NP gets called a PA they are offended. I was wondering if anyone has ever run across this. Maybe this is just a stereotype that exist in the cancer clinic that I work at. If anyone could offer me any advice I would like to know. It almost seems as they view the PA education as inferior. I would think that the PA education would be better then the NP education. Anyway, any knowledge on this subject would be greatly appreciated.