I just can't seem to decide between becoming an MD or PA. I graduated last year from Berkeley among the top of my class and my GPA is very strong. But my whole reason for pursuing a career in medicine is because I want to be a third-world doc. I seriously don't care about buying luxury SUVs or owning some palatial home in Malibu, so the difference of salary is of little importance to me. But my family of low socio-economic standing views me as Mr. Perfect and insists on me going to medical school. Could someone with more experience in medicine and life please offer some insight to the following questions? 1. What kind of work can PAs do in the third-world? Do they have the same autonomy and positions as MDs? 2. Are there any PAs out there that wished they would have just spent the extra time and money and became MDs? If I chose the MD route, I will be pushing 40 by the time I finish school and get my loans payed off. Then I could finally be a third-world doc, and then maybe in my forties start a family??? 3. Why are so many MD's I talk to telling me to become a PA? Don't they think it is worth it becoming and MD? 4. I want to have a family some day...would MDs or PAs have more flexible hours? 5. Are there any PAs that work the same shifts that nurses do? (3 long days/week) 6. Most people I talk to that get sick (I work in physical therapy now) want to see the doctor, not the PA or NP. For the PAs out there, is it hard knowing that many people are only seeing you because the doctor is too busy and the wait is too long? Thank you to any and all persons who took the time to read this and a special thank you to anyone who can help me figure my life out!