Originally Posted by Gallium
No, they are not the same by any stretch, but are more similar than they are dissimilar....just like me, you, Tantrix and TBO collectively have more in common than any of us and Pelosi, Bloomberg and Obama.
Physician Assistant school
Doctor of Osteopathy
One (here, and in many instances in other places) requires a minimum # of patient contact hours (500-1500, depending on where, what school, etc).
The other...does not generally have a teaching hospital, and sometimes applicants need a referral from another DO and prior demonstrated experience with patient care.
I'm not at all sure what you're talking about. MD and DO are similar. PA is a different level. Admission requirements for MD and DO are virtually identical, as is course work, testing, residency, practice, etc. DO programs associate with teaching hospitals, just as do MDs.
PA is quite dissimilar.
So what in the world are you talking about?