Hi, I'm currently an undergrad and wish to enter the medical field. I am considering becoming a DO, but have been intrigued by other options that are less of a time sink and soul-committing process. Consequently, for the past few weeks I've been glancing at the PA and DNP/NP pursuits. They appear rather similar, but one thing google cannot provide accurate measure on is how they are respected and viewed in the average hospital setting (It may seem shallow, I think the desire to be respected is especially prevalent among the members of this forum). Which would you prefer to work alongside/practice beneath you? Which is held in higher esteem, what stereotypes and controversies surround each? Are there differences in expectations and treatment, functions and duties? While I'd like honesty, please do not respond with what might be considered insulting or dismissive - in short please maintain respect in what might prove a sensitive topic. It would be absolutely wonderful if residents or doctors who've direct experience would comment. Thank you.