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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
  • Rejoicing Over Clinical Rotation Schedules

    The UNTHSC PA class of 2011 is counting down the days until we head out the door for rotations. On March 29th, we will go our separate ways for 3 ½ weeks at a time and come together every 4 weeks for testing, presentations and re-connecting with each other.  Each student has 12 rotations ranging from 1-2 months each. Our core rotations ...
    Posted to Adventures of a New PA (Weblog) on February 8, 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
  • Rush Not to Judgment

      Now that summer classes, like anatomy, physiology and medical terminology, are all over, the fall semester brings an entirely new set of subjects. One class in particular has me thinking about a lot of heavy issues. The class involves studying problems that are prevalent in the communities surrounding us. Each week, we have a different ...
    Posted to Notes from a PA Student (Weblog) on September 3, 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
  • Déjà Vu and the All-Too-Familiar Beginning

    At the University of North Texas Health Science Center, the fall semester of 2009 begins this week. The new students have become acclimated through orientation while the veterans move forward with déjà vu on their minds. With new beginnings in the air, every student looks ahead wondering what lies beyond the ridge of the unknown. We tend to ...
    Posted to Adventures of a New PA (Weblog) on July 27, 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
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