Task Force Makes Recommendations for Future of PA Profession
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the
Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) recently announced a set of 16
recommendations to promote the growth of the PA workforce.
The task force, developed in October 2010, was charged with
addressing future opportunities and challenges associated with expansion and
growth of the field.
After holding two in-person meetings in Washington, D.C.,
the task force created a specified list of recommendations with detailed
rationales, implementation suggestions and desired outcomes.
Specifically, the recommendations involve identifying core
values related to diversity, primary care, and competition, and specific
strategies for bolstering training, workforce, and collaboration.
By focusing on diversity, quality, infrastructure and
distribution, the task force hopes to expand the profession by 2020 to meet a
growing demand for qualified healthcare professionals across the nation.
The joint task force's final report notes that a shortage of
45,000 primary care physicians and 46,000 specialist physicians will be needed
in the next 8 years - a problem to be solved by developing a stronger PA
By targeting the field in multiple stages, including
pre-application to a PA program and admission process, didactic curriculum
within PA programs, clinical education curriculum, and post-graduate or
practicing PA work, the task force hopes to strengthen the profession in its
primary role in healthcare delivery.
As Kevin C. Lohenry, PhD, PA-C, president of PAEA, and
Robert L. Wooten, PA-C, president of AAPA noted in their pre-report address,
"We feel that the recommendations outlined in this report are critical in
providing quality healthcare to all Americans."
A full description of each recommendation will be detailed
in a forthcoming article by ADVANCE for
NPs and PAs.