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  • Will There Be Jobs for Canadian PAs?

    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 Toronto Star. The problem is, in order for the PAs to work in the publicly funded hospital ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on May 27, 2010
  • Physician Assistant Degree Ranked No. 1

    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 Tysinger, a former high school science teacher who decided to pursue a full-time career in ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on May 24, 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
  • Quinnipiac PA Students Volunteer in the D.R.

    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, an organization that focuses on expanding health care access to the Puerto Plata ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on May 19, 2010
  • UNM PA Students Involved in Blood Test Blunder

    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 Cultural Center on Saturday, April 24, used a device meant for single patient use only on up ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on May 17, 2010
  • AAPA President Endorses PAs in Letter to the Editor

    In a letter to the editor on May 3, AAPA president Stephen Hanson responded to an opinion piece published on April 10 in The Bakersfield Californian called ''Doctor shortage is first ObamaCare issue.'' The author, Dr. Robert S. Hooker, made a strong case about the looming physician shortage, but failed to mention PAs as a critical part of the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on May 6, 2010
  • Reform Benefits Rural Health Workers

    Included in the health care reform bill that President Obama signed into law on March 23 is an incentive that could encourage health care professionals to practice in underserved rural areas. In Nebraska, a 2004 law mandated that participants in a program that repays the student loans of health professionals who agree to work in underserved ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on April 13, 2010
  • Tennessee Academy of PAs Responds to Shortage

    In response to a severe shortage of physicians in Tennessee, executive director of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants Katherine Pesut Moffat published an article in the Tennessean explaining that the increased use of PAs is one solution to the problem. In detail, Moffat describes the PA education, the full scope of PA practice, the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on April 9, 2010
  • Hospital Invests in PA Program Faculty

    Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), in Salisbury, Md., gave a $100,000 gift to the PA program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in Princess Anne, Md., as reported in a story at delmarvanow.com. The gift, which is earmarked to fund a faculty position, ensures that “the hospital gets what it needs over the next few years: more ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on April 2, 2010
  • Rural PAs in Demand

    In a recent article in the Wisconsin State Journal, physician assistants are recognized as an integral part of the solution to a shortage of primary care physicians, particularly in rural areas. Michelle Reisen-Garvey, a PA at Family Health of Lafayette County in rural Wisconsin, is profiled in the article and her work as a PA is explained. ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on March 30, 2010
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