9 doctors weighed in:

Are physician assistants inferior to doctors?

9 doctors weighed in
David Miller
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Differently trained

Physician assistants train for 18 months to 2 years for the purpose of working alongside of (and under the supervision of) physicians, typically in very specific areas.
In contrast, physicians train for 7 to 12 years (or more, after college) and are able to function very broadly and independently, although they can become quite specialized. Their functions are different, each with specific roles.

In brief: Differently trained

Physician assistants train for 18 months to 2 years for the purpose of working alongside of (and under the supervision of) physicians, typically in very specific areas.
In contrast, physicians train for 7 to 12 years (or more, after college) and are able to function very broadly and independently, although they can become quite specialized. Their functions are different, each with specific roles.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
Thank
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Physicians assistants do have less training but frequently become quite skilled in areas within their competence.
Better to state that physicians have a broader spectrum of competence and physician assistants have a narrow range of equivalent competence.

In brief: Not really

Physicians assistants do have less training but frequently become quite skilled in areas within their competence.
Better to state that physicians have a broader spectrum of competence and physician assistants have a narrow range of equivalent competence.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Thank
Dr. Richard Tholen
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: No, just different.

Physician assistants have much, but not all, of the training of a medical doctor, and must work under the license and supervision of a doctor. But for many things, and in many areas of specialization, pas can perform many of the functions of an md, and are invaluable parts of the health provider team, including nps (nurse practitioners), rns (reg.
Nurses), and crnas (cert. R. Nurse anesthetists).

In brief: No, just different.

Physician assistants have much, but not all, of the training of a medical doctor, and must work under the license and supervision of a doctor. But for many things, and in many areas of specialization, pas can perform many of the functions of an md, and are invaluable parts of the health provider team, including nps (nurse practitioners), rns (reg.
Nurses), and crnas (cert. R. Nurse anesthetists).
Dr. Richard Tholen
Dr. Richard Tholen
Thank
Read more answers from doctors