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NPR interviews PA about new study of girls' & puberty
August 12, 2010 3:23 PM by Michael Gerchufsky
This item from the AAPA about a report I heard on NPR's "All Things Considered" show on Monday jogged my memory about why the interviewee's name was so familiar. Marcia Herman-Giddens, PA, DrPH contributed to the August 9th edition of National Public Read More...
U.S. News’ top 3 tips to PA wannabes
August 6, 2010 10:33 AM by Michael Gerchufsky
U.S. News and World Report today posted an article about the PA profession in the “Best Graduate Schools” section of its website. “Why Physician Assistant School May be Right for You,” the subhead of which proclaims, “It's one of the fastest growing careers Read More...
GAPA educates about emergencies (and PAs, too)
July 14, 2010 11:39 AM by Michael Gerchufsky
Georgia has one of the most visible state PA chapters, and if you were in Atlanta for the AAPA conference earlier this year, you likely noticed GAPA’s huge welcoming billboard near the Georgia World Congress Center. As a part of its patient awareness Read More...
Afghanistan Civilians to Be Trained as PAs
June 21, 2010 4:26 PM by Michael Gerchufsky
Interesting post today to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan Blog, from U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rachel Martinez, about how nearly 200 Afghan civilians (including four women) showed up today as applicants to a new program that will admit 50 of them Read More...
Maryland PA is an 'All-Star Among Us'
June 16, 2010 3:00 PM by Terri Schaefer
The Carroll County Times published an article about Maryland PA Casey Davis, who was honored at this past Saturday's Orioles-Mets game at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Davis works the night shift as a PA at Carroll Hospital Center's emergency ward, and on Read More...
Karen Bass Lands Decisive Primary Victory
June 9, 2010 2:28 PM by Terri Schaefer
Former California PA Karen Bass, who was termed out of her position as the state’s Assembly Speaker, won the Democratic primary last night for a 33rd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In fact, Bass, “trounced political Read More...
Will There Be Jobs for Canadian PAs?
May 27, 2010 10:46 AM by Terri Schaefer
The first class of 21 PA students at McMaster University in Ontario are graduating this August, with “nothing but faint promises from the provincial health ministry that jobs will be found for them in the health system,” according to an article in The Read More...
PAs Testify Against Supervising Physician
May 26, 2010 2:26 PM by Heather Simons
Two Kansas physician assistants testified Tuesday against their former supervising physician, who they say kept such disorganized records that one patient was able to get more painkillers even though she went to an emergency room for an overdose two days Read More...
PA Helps Men Maintain Their 'Ultimate Thriving Machine'
May 25, 2010 10:49 AM by Terri Schaefer
Washington PA Brian Mahon is the creator of "The Ultimate Thriving Machine," a 16-page manual made for men to focus on their health. It's also available as a Web site by clicking here . The manual compares men's health to cars; for instance, prostate Read More...
Physician Assistant Degree Ranked No. 1
May 24, 2010 2:35 PM by Heather Simons
A degree in physician assistant studies was named No. 1 in a list of master's degrees that would provide the best opportunities, based on salary and employment, over the next decade, according to ABC News . The report, posted yesterday, focuses on Shane Read More...
PAs Increasingly Likely to Work in Specialties
May 21, 2010 11:33 AM by Heather Simons
Physician assistants are increasingly more likely to head into specialties such as surgery and emergency medicine rather than primary care, according to the News & Observer . Researchers at the Duke University PA program studied the job choices of Read More...
Zipnosis: Prescriptions via an Online Survey
May 20, 2010 12:37 PM by Terri Schaefer
Zipnosis, a new start-up company in Minnesota from the co-founder of MinuteClinic, allows patients to fill out an online survey that, for $25 charged to your credit card, will get you a diagnosis and a prescription—no human interaction necessary. From Read More...
Quinnipiac PA Students Volunteer in the D.R.
May 19, 2010 2:34 PM by Heather Simons
Physician assistant students at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., received recognition in the New Haven Register this month for their volunteer work in the Dominican Republic. In January and March, the students volunteered with Health Horizons International, Read More...
UNM PA Students Involved in Blood Test Blunder
May 17, 2010 12:36 PM by Heather Simons
In the past week, several news stories--including blog entries and videos--have reported on an incident involving University of New Mexico physician assistant students. The students, who were performing complimentary blood sugar tests at the Indian Pueblo Read More...
More PA Thoughts on the iPad
May 14, 2010 9:14 AM by Terri Schaefer
California PA and ADVANCE editorial advisory board member Rod Moser recently blogged about the iPad --his surprise birthday present--on his WebMD blog, “ Family Webicine .” Like our previous iPad reviewer , Joe Weber, Moser doesn’t seem to love the device Read More...


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