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PA = Physician Assistant
Don’t let the title mislead you, PAs are advanced practitioners! Versatile and trusted, they are heavily involved with diagnosis, treatment planning, procedures, and so on.
Income: 100k+ Varies with Experience & Location
Training: 4yr undergrad + PA school for 2-3yrs (awards a master’s degree) + 2000 hours of clinical rotations.
Keep in mind that PA school is very popular… but also very competitive!
PT = Physical Therapist
Not to be confused with a PA, our PT friends are the pros at working with patients to help them recover from any illness of injury that has resulted in physical impairment. If you need to get a patient moving again, no one better to turn to then a PT!
Income: ~50k to start. Can Vary with training
Training: Can be taken to different levels from bachelor all the way up to a doctorate! Expect to spend at least 3 years in training.
If working with people on their road to recovery calls to you, PT is a GREAT choice for a career.
DPM = Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
A friend of mine once told me that being a DPM is a sweet gig, and I agree! You’re a physician and a surgeon and the training can be shorter when you factor in the length of residencies. However, don’t expect an easier time getting into podiatry school. It’s still extremely difficult!
Income: ~150k to 200k+
Training: Bachelors + 4yrs Podiatry School + Residency
Personally, I wish I had considered podiatry more seriously when I was planning to go into medicine. Ultimately my draw towards psychiatry made DO/MD the only paths, but podiatry really is a sweet gig!
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