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  • PAs Increasingly Likely to Work in Specialties

    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 PAs from 1997 to 2006 and found that the number of PAs going into primary care declined to 41% ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on May 21, 2010
  • PA-to-Physician Bridge Concept Gets Attention

    The fourth recommendation from the PA Clinical Doctorate Summit was particularly interesting. 4. The PA profession should explore with physician education groups the development of a model for advanced standing for PAs who desire to become physicians (sometimes called a ''bridge program.'') Not long ago, the mention of a PA-to-physician bridge ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on March 30, 2009
  • Physician Assistant Clinical Doctorate Summit News

    The American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association have posted a statement on last week’s PA Clinical Doctorate Summit. Forty-five people participated in the summit meeting. Here’s a set of recommendations from the meeting: The summit participants came to consensus on the following set of ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on March 30, 2009
  • Physician Assistant Doctorate Summit

    The long-awaited PAEA-AAPA physician assistant doctorate degree summit meeting finally begins March 25 in Atlanta. One interesting note, PAEA's online message board about doctorate degrees has a lot of talk about a PA-to-physician bridge program. It'll be interesting to see what comes out of the summit. Link
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on March 23, 2009
  • Physician Assistant Doctorate Survey

    The American Academy of Physician Assistants and Physician Assistant Education Association are conducting an online survey about clinical doctorate degrees and the PA profession. The survey also asks about PA-to-physician bridge programs. Is the clinical doctorate appropriate to the PA profession as an entry-level degree, as a postgraduate ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on February 25, 2009
  • Physician Assistant Clinical Doctorate Update

    The American Academy of Physician Assistants posted on its Web site an update about its investigation of a possible physician assistant clinical doctorate degree. Is the clinical doctorate appropriate to the profession as an entry-level degree, as a postgraduate degree, or not at all? How should the PA profession approach the emerging issue ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on February 11, 2009
  • Movement on Physician Assistant Doctorate Issue

    The PAEA-AAPA summit to consider an entry-level doctorate degree for the profession is scheduled for March 25-27. The organizations have created a sponsor group ''to oversee the planning, research, and educational process that will support the final recommendation.'' There seems to be a lot of bureaucracy going on, but I guess that's not ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on January 8, 2009
  • 12 Physician Assistant Moments for 2008

    This is the 448th and final post to the ADVANCE Blog for PAs in 2008. Check back on Jan. 2 for the first blog post of 2009. Until then, here's a quick look back at some of the notable PA stories of the last year.  ***  JanuaryAnnals of Family Medicine publishes a study that concludes, “Family practices employing ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on December 31, 2008
  • Less Silence on Physician Assistant Doctorates Already

    On the American Academy of Physician Assistants Web site today is a two-page AAPA News article about the U.S. Army's PA clinical doctorate program by Doug Scott. In October 2007, Major Leonard Gruppo announced to the five PAs attending the U.S. Army Emergency Medicine Residency Program that when they graduated the following December, they ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on December 12, 2008
  • Less Silence Needed on Physician Assistant Doctorates

    The introduction to PAEA's Informing the Clinical Doctorate Dialogue online section includes this quote: The PA community has for the most part been silent on this issue but recognizes that this position will not serve the profession well in the long run. PAEA hasn't been silent. It has already had open debate and discussion and ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on December 11, 2008
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