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  • Surgical Privileges: A Curse Broken

    Our country is blessed to have medical regulatory boards that serve to protect patients and their providers. Some other parts of the world do not require a license or special privileges. Those countries just want help from anyone willing, and it does not always end well. So, the United States has a blessing and a curse. Since ...
    Posted to Adventures of a New PA (Weblog) on August 2, 2011
  • NCCPA implements a name change for PAs

    The NCCPA has announced a name change for PAs. No, not that name change. The commission has renamed its PA “specialty certification” program a “certificate of added qualifications” program, according to a press release. While the release itself isn’t posted at the NCCPA’s website today, the new “CAQ” language is already in place there. In ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on August 11, 2010
  • 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 is Named Best Career, Again

    Once again, physician assistant has been named one of the best careers, this time in a U.S. News & World Report article called ''America's Best Careers: 2010.'' Back in November, CNNMoney.com ranked physician assistant #2 in the 50 best jobs in America. Unfortunately, the U.S. News article makes a few mistakes (what is a ''physical ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on December 28, 2009
  • NCCPA's Solution for Specialty PAs

    Back in May 2006, the NCCPA pledged to develop ''a solution to meet the needs of specialty PAs.'' Since that time, the NCCPA has done a great job creating productive debate about the problems facing PAs in specialties. But it really hasn't offered any solutions. The NCCPA hasn't forgotten its pledge. At its August board of directors meeting in ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on August 28, 2008