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PA VERSUS NP VERSUS MEDICAL DOCTOR, NIFTY CHARTS

Article by Dr. Mike Moulton, PREMED Contributor

 

We've all heard this debate before...Should I be a PA? A NP? A Medical Doctor?

Before we let our heads spin out of control, let's look at some straightforward facts, and some nifty charts that help make sense of it all.

Projections show that there will be a shortage of physicians (90,000) by 2020. This trend increases to 135,000 by 2025. With this general trend in place, we can see why the demand for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners is on the rise to help fill in that void.

But what's the difference between a PA, NP and Medical Doctor?

Well, thanks to these handy charts (source: pg2pa.org) things start to clear up.

 

 

 
       
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