Physician Assistant To MD

Going from physician assistant to MD, also know as allopathic physicians, can be a PA’s goal once they have either grown tired of their career or are ready for advancement. The other main reason that one would want to go from a PA to a Medical Doctor is the fact that physician assistant cannot own their own practice where as and MD can. Being a PA can set up the foundation for later on training that is needed to become a MD, so passing a physician assistant program is beneficial in more ways than one, but if you have already attained your physician assistant certification and are looking to go from a PA to MD, below are the steps that you must do in order to do exactly that.

How to Go From A Physician Assistant To MD

The most popular what a PA can become a MD is to take what is called a physician assistant to medical doctor bridge program which is a course designated to makes PA’s into Medical Doctors instead of them having to go through multiple resources to do so. Being that there is not very many bridge programs right now, although there is rumor that there will be more, one can opt to take a program that offers distance learning where you can enroll in a course and do all of your learning online, whether you live in the town that the school is located in or 1000 miles away, it doesn’t matter.

IF you cannot get into a bridge program, or do not like the idea of doing your training online, you can also choose to do things the more traditional way which is to get a to get a degree through a school, which an MD, also known as a physician comes in two forms of titles, which are Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) as well as Allopathic Medical Doctor (MD). Being that you already have at leat a bachelors degree as that is the minimum requirement for most all PA’s, the next steps you must follow are;

  • Pass the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
  • Enrolling in an accredit medical school program.
  • Complete a residency program in the specialty which you wish to enter into.
  • Pass the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).
  • Apply for a state medical license.
  • Take and pass the board exam for the specialty that you trained for.
  • Apply for credentialing, also known as hospital privileges.
  • Attain both your DEA and Provider Numbers.

Enrolling in a physician assistant to MD program will come with a myriad of benefits, some of which can include;

  • A higher salary especially if you learn a high paying specialty, like surgical which is one of the highest if not the highest paid.
  • You will be doing a lot less grunt work, as PA’s most often do.
  • MD’s tend to be a lot more respected by both the likes of co-workers as well as the patients themselves, unlike PA’s who work their tails off and are often times left out by both patients and co-workers.