I agree that was nothing but ignorance. I also agree it'd be great to be comfortable with a lot of the material already. However, this is all a trade off. Us non-PA's will have a more intense 4 years ahead of us.... but we did not have to go to 2-3 years of PA school, several years of practice, then another 4 of medical school again to do so. I'm not ragging on you by any means and I see the points you're making, but not all of us, given the choice ahead of time, would want to spend several extra years in order for med school to be easier and more enjoyable. I'd rather take the hard 4 years and still be able to start residency when i'm in my 20's.Bandit said:when i told my advisor that i had worked 40 hours (ish) per week thru out school she fell off her chair.
even at this level they are so ignorant of the in depth training PAs get. As a matter of fact--after 1st year one of the Dr.s told everyone to "enjoy their summer off, and maybe get a job as a pa!"
I shook my head at this horribly ignorance. when i told some of them that their "almighty" med school was a walk in the park for someone with the PA education and years of ER experience, and I am doing this in my part time --nothing i suggest tho--- they think i am a liar.
for all those in med school that were not PAs--imagine how great it would have been to actually study the indepth path of a disease process with all your time--virtually ignoring all info on clinical presentation//treatment/pharm. because you already were so comfortable with that that the state allows you to practice! How much easier and enjoyable would it have been for you?
to be fair, there are some PAs in my school --mostly the fam med/ortho ones--that are struglin.