I know this thread has probably been made countless times; however, I want to know which option is better suited for me and would like input from others on this forum. First, I love medicine. I would love to become a Physician. If I were to become a Physician, I could look back on life and think, "I am completely fulfilled," and I would credit myself for not have taken an alternative route. However, I fear a career as a Physician would take over my life. I would love to have a family one day, but I do not want to be a father who may be known as always working or was mostly absent from his family. If there are any doctors currently on here who refute anything I fear or stated, please respond. I read a lot on these forums how attendings advise pre-medical students to reconsider a career in medicine due to its overwhelming sacrifices, and how they missed out on many events in life that others have not. However, if this is the case, would there not be any Doctors out there if this is as true as they say? Due to for these reasons only, it influences met to pursue a career as a Physician's Assistant rather than as a Doctor. I would feel fulfilled as a P.A., but less fulfilled knowing how my biggest dream to become a Doctor was something I had not attempted to pursue. I can visually see myself counseling patients, devising care plans, involving myself in solving complex problems, as well as involving myself in research and staying up to date on current advances in medical science. One advantage to pursuing a career as a P.A. is I know that it is less demanding than as a Doctor, and how a P.A. can have the leniency to 'have a life.' Anyone else feel the same way? TLDR: I want to be a Physician, but reading threads on SDN and other websites on how demanding the responsibilities are make me rather want to pursue a career as a P.A. than M.D./D.O. route. I want to have a life outside of medicine (which ever route I decide to go into) but fear a career as an M.D./D.O. route I will miss out on many events in life, and will be regretful how I was not able to have the leniency to be there for my family, etc. because I was too preoccupied with the demands associated with being a Physician. Hopefully this makes sense to everyone. Being a Doctor is a huge dream of mine, I realize the demands and responsibilities they face; however, I am just fearful that I will not have any sort of life outside the career itself (such as family, other interests, etc).