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  • The Physician Assistant Explosion

    The number of practicing physician assistants will be 73,893 on Wednesday, according to AAPA estimates. Link That represents an increase of 116% in only 10 years, from 34,192 on Dec. 31, 1998. But the physician assistant explosion is just getting started. The number of PA programs is at an all-time high of 142. Many schools are developing ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on December 29, 2008
  • ‘AAPA Congratulates President-Elect Barack Obama’

    The American Academy of Physician Assistants sent a post-presidential election e-mail to members yesterday congratulating President-elect Barack Obama and pledging to “put health care reform at the top of the national agenda.” We plan to meet with the Obama transition team and his newly appointed officials, as well as new and returning members ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on November 6, 2008
  • An ARC-PA Invitation to Physician Assistants

    The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant invites PAs to suggest changes to the accreditation standards for entry-level PA education programs. The ARC-PA is soliciting comments on the standards as part of its regular updating and revision process. Provide your thoughts on changes that would improve the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on October 15, 2008
  • Considering the Physician Assistant Entry-Level Doctorate

    The Physician Assistant Education Association and the American Academy of Physician Assistants have partnered to look at the issue of entry-level doctorate degrees for the PA profession. The following is from PAEA president Dana Sayre-Stanhope's 2008 annual report. The PAEA board is acting upon the October 2007 membership ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on October 13, 2008
  • PA Student Participates in Heart Transplant

    SAAAPA immediate past president Michael Simmons wrote an essay for the Sept. 30 AAPA about his participation in a heart transplant during PA school. I couldn’t believe it when Dr. Miller told me, “I think I’ve got a heart for later.” This was during my last clinical rotation as a PA student. I worked in cardiothoracic surgery with a ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on October 3, 2008
  • Is PA Postgraduate Program Accreditation a 'Danger' to the Physician Assistant Profession?

    Now that ARC-PA has granted formal accreditation to three postgraduate PA programs, it's interesting to go back and read the AAPA's vigorous warnings against an accreditation process. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) recognizes the value that voluntary participation in postgraduate clinical training programs may have ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on September 25, 2008
  • More PA Programs in the Pipeline

    I count nine developing U.S. PA programs that have been publically identified. - Ohio's Mount Union College - New York's Clarkson University - New York's SUNY Upstate Medical University - Kentucky's University of the Cumberlands - Florida's Nova Southeastern University (Jacksonville) - Tennessee's Lincoln Memorial University - Wisconsin's ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on August 29, 2008
  • New PA Students Intend to Practice Primary Care

    In the AAPA's 2007 New PA Student Census Survey, 2,272 of 5,165 respondents (44%) stated that they intended to practice in family/general medicine after graduation (respondents are permitted to mark more than one potential specialty). At least at the beginning of PA training, students are still considering primary care. By the end, probably ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on June 26, 2008
  • PA Students to Reach Out to NP Students?

    Just noticed this interesting Student Academy of the AAPA resolution from San Antonio. Resolution 2008-02The Student Academy resolves to explore the possibility of the Student Academy developing relationships with student nurse practitioners groups.Status-CARRIED I'm definitely going to spend some time in the SAAAPA AOR next year. Link
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on June 5, 2008
  • DeSales Wins Third SAAAPA Challenge Bowl Crown

    DeSales University won the 2008 SAAAPA National Medical Challenge Bowl in San Antonio last week. Students from DeSales have now won three national PA student challenge bowl titles since 2002. Members of the winning squad were Ray Rivera, Shawn Reynolds and Rob Pica. With a final score of 70 points, DeSales dominated the championship round ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on June 4, 2008