I work with PA's in several capacities. And have mostly admiration for you all.
In one capacity, as an EMT. Also, the PA's that are EMT's as I am, have to take the same refresher courses as do I, so we are on that level, the same. However the outside experiences brought in are helpful.
In another, we are fourtunate to have a PA on our rescue squad, and as Medical Control. He is Als/AEMTD, so we have all kinds of resources to pool from while in the field.
As a nurse, when I worked in the hospital, I worked many nights under a PA. In small rural settings a PA is sometimes all we have.
As a patient in my Drs. office, I've been seen more times than not by a PA.
I feel PA's are just as capable as the Dr. It all boils down to individuals. There are Drs, Nurses, Pa's, EMT's, the list goes on, who shouldn't be in the fields, there are some who do great and are an asset to the field.