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  • 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
  • Vietnamese Physician Works to Become a PA

    Thuy Ho, a 38-year-old resident of Lincoln, Nebraska, and mother of two children, is studying to become a physician assistant, a choice she made after immigrating to the U.S. from Vietnam in 2001. According to an article at Journalstar.com, U.S. medical licensing officials wouldn't allow Ho to practice in the States unless ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on January 11, 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
  • Wake Forest University’s MMS-PhD Program Approved

    Ralph W. Rice, MPAS, PA-C, associate professor and associate director of the Wake Forest University PA program in Winston-Salem, N.C., recently told ADVANCE that the university's board of trustees has approved its proposed MMS-PhD program. The program, which would combine the PA program's master of medical science degree with a PhD in clinical ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on October 26, 2009
  • More Discussion on PAs and the Physician Shortage

    And so the health care reform debate continues... A recent article at Examiner.com champions PAs and NPs as a possible solution to the physician shortage. ''Primary physician shortage spurs search for alternatives,'' by DC public policy examiner Alan Portner, identifies PAs and NPs as the product of ''shorter, more intensive, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on August 25, 2009
  • 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 Degree Summit Participants

    The three-day physician assistant clinical doctorate degree summit began today in Atlanta. PAEA posted a list of the summit's 46 participants on its Web site. Link
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on March 25, 2009
  • NPR on 'Doctor Nurses'

    National Public Radio did a piece on the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree on All Things Considered on Feb. 22. No one wants to badmouth Florence Nightingale, but a new degree for nurses is causing bad blood between doctors and their longtime colleagues. The program confers the title of doctor on nurses, but some in the medical profession say ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on February 24, 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
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