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Decent PA Article from Illinois
March 31, 2008 2:42 PM by Stephen Cornell
The Kane County Chronicle of Illinois discovers the PA profession . When Karen Peterson visits her doctor’s office, sometimes she sees a physician assistant instead of the doctor himself. “I feel very good about seeing my PA,” said Peterson, of Batavia. Read More...
March 28, 2008 4:18 PM by Stephen Cornell
ADVANCE will be at the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants conference in Tucson from March 30 to April 3. The academic program, which offers something for everyone, will be presented by a distinguished faculty from throughout the country. Read More...
HIV/AIDS Facts 2008
March 28, 2008 4:03 PM by Stephen Cornell
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its HIV/AIDS policy fact sheet . It provides an interesting summary of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States over the last 27 years. Figure 1: Key Snapshot of the U.S. Epidemic Today 2,3,4,5,6 Number Read More...
Is the PA Profession Recession-Proof?
March 28, 2008 3:36 PM by Stephen Cornell
Kiplinger's identifies physician assistant as a relatively recession-proof career . We consulted career experts and combed through job trend data to come up with five industries that should provide safer havens to workers, no matter what the economy is Read More...
Social Networking with the AAPA
March 28, 2008 11:32 AM by Stephen Cornell
The AAPA is on Facebook. Link
March 27, 2008 1:28 PM by Stephen Cornell
MEDEX Northwest program director Ruth Ballweg and faculty member Gino Gianola have earned recognition as Distinguished Fellows of the AAPA. Ruth Ballweg, PA-C, MEDEX Northwest Director and faculty member F.J. (Gino) Gianola, PA were recently recognized Read More...
PA Column and Discussion in Wall Street Journal
March 27, 2008 10:30 AM by Stephen Cornell
AAPA executive vice president Bill Leinweber responded online to a Wednesday Wall Street Journal column by Benjamin Brewer, MD, that discussed the crisis in primary care and the PA profession. Link to Brewer’s original column, “Primary Health Care Needs Read More...
Tobacco Company Funded Lung Cancer Study
March 26, 2008 5:51 PM by Stephen Cornell
The New York Times found that cigarette make Liggett Group very quietly helped fund a surprising lung cancer study . In October 2006, Dr. Claudia Henschke of Weill Cornell Medical College jolted the cancer world with a study saying that 80 percent of Read More...
Tennessee PA Students on TV
March 26, 2008 5:39 PM by Stephen Cornell
Knoxville, Tenn., television station WBIR did a good two-minute news segment about PA students at South College . The first Master's degree program at Knoxville's South College features hands-on instruction for an occupation in high demand: physician Read More...
Interesting Take on 'Midlevel' and 'Advanced Practice Clinician'
March 25, 2008 4:12 PM by Stephen Cornell
The AAPA board of directors approved a House of Delegates resolution saying that PAs should be referred to only as PAs and not grouped together with other professionals, according the March 30 issue of AAPA News . In other actions, the board approved Read More...
NCCPA Update
March 25, 2008 2:05 PM by Stephen Cornell
The NCCPA has posted on its Web site a summary from its February board of directors meeting. Link Read More...
AAPA BOD Asks for Dues Increase
March 25, 2008 10:05 AM by Stephen Cornell
The AAPA board of directors will ask the House of Delegates for an 11.6% dues increase, according to the March 30 issue of AAPA News . That would increase annual AAPA dues from $215 to $240 for fellow members. The AAPA Board of Directors has sent a resolution Read More...
Future PA Killed in Iraq
March 24, 2008 2:58 PM by Stephen Cornell
U.S. Army National Guard medic David Stelmat was killed in Iraq on Saturday. A 27-year-old EMT from Littleton who went to Iraq to heal the wounded was killed Saturday by a roadside bomb, family members and the U.S. military confirmed. Spc. David "D.J." Read More...
ARC-PA Accredits Postgraduate PA Programs
March 24, 2008 1:08 PM by Stephen Cornell
Earlier this month, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) granted accreditation for the first time to two postgraduate PA programs. The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center postgraduate PA residency program in oncology Read More...
March 24, 2008 10:42 AM by Stephen Cornell
The Gannon University PA program in Erie, Pa., boasts three Distinguished Fellows of the AAPA , according to the Erie Times-News . Catherine A. Gillespie, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, is an associate professor and the associate director of Gannon's physician assistant Read More...
NCAA Tournament and PAs
March 20, 2008 10:42 AM by Stephen Cornell
There are PA programs at nine of the 64 schools in the NCAA men's basketball tournament: Oklahoma, Butler, South Alabama, USC, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Stanford, Baylor and Duke. There are at least two PA schools in each region. Butler and South Alabama play Read More...
South Carolina PA History
March 19, 2008 4:01 PM by Stephen Cornell
The South Carolina Academy of Physicians has an interesting "History of SCAPA" section on its Web site. I think that it really illustrates how the profession has matured over the last 20 years. In the mid-1980’s, SCAPA was in shambles. The PA program Read More...
Childhood Health Literacy Program Ceremony
March 19, 2008 10:39 AM by Stephen Cornell
Here are a few photos from Monday afternoon’s ceremony at the AAPA building in Alexandria, Va., to commemorate an agreement for the academy to partner with the Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health on a national early childhood Read More...
Doug Southard, PA and College Provost
March 18, 2008 6:27 PM by Stephen Cornell
The March issue of PAEA Networker has an article about PA educator Doug Southard , who is the provost at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Va. According to the article, Southard is probably the only PA to have become a college provost. Read More...
Remembering Maine PA Dennis Lewia
March 18, 2008 5:10 PM by Stephen Cornell
Dennis Lewia, who was a PA in Lubec, Maine, for more than 30 years died a few weeks ago. The Bangor Daily News has two outstanding articles about Lewia online. This first article calls Lewia the " protector of the community ." LUBEC, Maine — As word spread Read More...
PA Wins Dream Home
March 17, 2008 12:12 PM by Terri Schaefer
Iowa PA Stephanie Dee is the winner of HGTV’s 2008 Dream Home Giveaway. A 31-year-old mother of two from eastern Iowa beat 40 million to 1 odds and is now the proud owner of a $2.2 million home on the Florida Keys. Stephanie Dee of Solon, Iowa, won the Read More...
AAPA Partners with Office of Minority Health for Health Literacy Project
March 14, 2008 6:01 PM by Stephen Cornell
The AAPA and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health have scheduled a ceremony for Monday afternoon to mark their partnership in an early childhood health literacy program. AAPA and OMH "have agreed to develop strategies Read More...
A Different "Doctor" Debate
March 14, 2008 1:46 PM by Stephen Cornell
The Germans sure are touchy about the title, "Doctor." Under German law, "only people who earn PhDs or medical degrees in Germany" are allowed to use the term "doctor" as their title, according to the Washington Post . Violators can face a year behind Read More...
Independent Drug Information
March 14, 2008 1:23 PM by Stephen Cornell
In the March 15 issue, AAPA News looks at Pennsylvania's Independent Drug Information Service . On an average day, Paula McKinley will visit eight to 10 primary care offices or clinics in the Pittsburgh area. Well dressed and professional, McKinley will Read More...
PA Conference Housing Update: Six Down
March 12, 2008 1:29 PM by Stephen Cornell
Six of the 13 designated hotels for the May AAPA conference in San Antonio are sold out . 1. Crowne Plaza 2. Grand Hyatt — SOLD OUT 3. Hilton Palacio del Rio — SOLD OUT 4. Holiday Inn Riverwalk 5. Homewood Suites — SOLD OUT 6. Hyatt on Riverwalk 7. La Read More...
Get Ready for the PA Foundation 5K
March 12, 2008 1:00 PM by Stephen Cornell
It's not too late to get in shape for the PA Foundation's 5K Fun Walk/Run on May 25 at the national PA conference in San Antonio. The Web site has an eight-week program to get you "off the coach and on to the roads." The Couch-to-5K Running Read More...
The Differences Between PAs and NPs
March 12, 2008 11:29 AM by Stephen Cornell
An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tries to explain the differences between PAs and NPs. Are there differences between them? Some, but not as many as there used to be. "There's a lot of overlap ... but they're not identical," said Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, Read More...
IMGs as PAs
March 10, 2008 3:52 PM by Stephen Cornell
International medical graduates are part of the fledgling PA profession in Canada, according to an article titled, " New PAs just what the doctor ordered ." Zeeshan is one of five international medical graduates who started at RVH last November as part Read More...
A.J. Kent Obituary
March 10, 2008 2:39 PM by Stephen Cornell
Longtime Veterans Affairs PA A.J. Kent died on Feb. 11. The AAPA published an article about him in the March 15 issue of AAPA News . Kent served in Vietnam and was one of the first PAs in the VA Health System. He practiced at the Iron Mountain Veterans Read More...
MD Blogs About PAs
March 10, 2008 11:37 AM by Stephen Cornell
Interesting perspective on PAs and the PA profession from a physician blog, " Panda Bear, MD ." It seems that I can’t mention mid-level providers, even in an offhand way as I did in my previous article where I compared Physician Assistants to brand-new Read More...
Needed: PA and NP Hospitalists
March 7, 2008 5:21 PM by Stephen Cornell
A group of leading hospitalist executives, dubbed The Phoenix Group, sees more PA and NP hospitalists as one of the possible solutions for the "workforce shortage and the impending workforce crisis" in the hospitalist specialty. There is a talent pool Read More...
NPs in the News
March 7, 2008 11:09 AM by Stephen Cornell
Two big NP-related stories in the news today. A Utah murderer blames his NP : Tamara Ragsdale said Kristy Ragsdale, whom prosecutors say was shot 12 times by her husband as she was walking into a church service, "pressured him into going in to this nurse Read More...
New PA Book
March 6, 2008 2:33 PM by Stephen Cornell
California PA Amy Hendel has published a book titled, " Fat Families, Thin Families ." It will be available in June. Most families today barely have time to say hello to each other, much less to cook, eat right or exercise. No wonder obesity rates and Read More...
‘Time for Health Care Realism’
March 6, 2008 12:45 PM by Michael Gerchufsky
Nice essay in today's Philadelphia Inquirer by Princeton health care economist Uwe E. Reinhardt, PhD (who gave, as I see it, one of the most interesting and pertinent AAPA conference keynote speeches back in 1996 in New York City). The essay describes Read More...
ADVANCE Visits a Retail Health Clinic
March 5, 2008 4:09 PM by Stephen Cornell
ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners associate editor Jennifer Ford blogged her first visit to a retail health clinic: Although I have, over the last two months, acquired a great deal of knowledge about retail health clinics, I had never actually visited one. Read More...
The Future of PA Education
March 4, 2008 6:03 PM by Stephen Cornell
Physician Assistant Education Association immediate past president Anita Duhl Glicken writes about the future of PA education in the March issue of PAEA Networker . More than 10 years ago — and three months before he was diagnosed with terminal cancer Read More...
Immune Disorders on the Rise?
March 4, 2008 11:26 AM by Stephen Cornell
The Washington Post has an article today about the significant increase of immune-system diseases in the United States. " Immune Systems Under Attack " is the most viewed article on the Post Web site. Though the data are stronger for some diseases than Read More...
PA Education Needs
March 3, 2008 4:01 PM by Stephen Cornell
The AAPA is conducting an online PA Educational Needs Survey . It sounds as if the academy is investigating some significant new PA education activities. AAPA is considering several new directions to meet the educational needs of its members. These activities Read More...
Praise for Karen Bass
March 3, 2008 1:41 PM by Stephen Cornell
There is quite a bit of praise for new speaker of the California General Assembly (and PA) Karen Bass in this piece by Los Angeles Times political columnist George Skelton. By all indications, she is an excellent choice to toss into the snake pit. If Read More...


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