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  • Task Force Makes Recommendations for Future of PA Profession

    The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) recently announced a set of 16 recommendations to promote the growth of the PA workforce. The task force, developed in October 2010, was charged with addressing future opportunities and challenges associated with expansion ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on February 8, 2012
  • PA Is Lead Author on Congenital Heart Care Study in Pediatrics

    Former ADVANCE senior associate editor Terri Schaefer, who is now communications manager for the Adult Congenital Heart Association, let me know recently that Susan M. Fernandes, MHP, PA-C, a physician assistant in the cardiology department at Children’s Hospital in Boston, was the lead author of a study published recently in the journal ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on December 12, 2011
  • Physician Assistant, Live at Occupy Wall Street

    In its coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protest yesterday, the TV/radio program ''Democracy Now!'' featured a segment in which a self-described PA reports on conditions in Zuccotti Park. See the video and read the accompanying transcript here: http://www.democracynow.org/seo/2011/11/16/occupy_wall_street_protesters_return_to From the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on November 17, 2011
  • Are You Looking, Laid Off or Happy Where You Are?

    At the start of 2011, we published an article describing the job outlook for NPs and PAs this year. Based on our research and interviews with workforce experts, we crafted a headline for that article using the term ''changing landscape,'' and our cover image depicted an NP or PA partially protected by an umbrella. The expectation was that 2011 ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on October 21, 2011
  • BREAKING NEWS: AAPA Names New CEO

    The American Academy of Physician Assistants today announced that Jennifer L. (Jenna) Dorn will join the academy as chief executive officer on Oct. 31. Dorn takes the AAPA’s helm from interim executive vice president and CEO, James Potter, who himself took over in January after the abrupt resignation of Bill Leinweber. The EVP/CEO oversees all ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on September 26, 2011
  • Get Fit With Georgia PAs

    The Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) is encouraging all Georgians to “Get Fit with GAPA” this fall. The program challenges PAs and their patients to improve their nutrition and fitness and have fun while doing both. The program is in partnership with Georgia State Parks and its “Tons of Fun” program. “Get Fit with GAPA” ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on September 21, 2011
  • Physician Shortage Isn't the Only One Looming

    Health system analysts and assorted other parties have been forecasting a primary care physician shortage for quite some time. An article published recently in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons predicts two additional shortfalls that could affect patient access to care: nurse practitioners and physician ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on July 28, 2011
  • Is This Article on Medical Mistakes Fair to PAs?

    Kaiser Health News (KHN) in late June ran an article with the headline, “Mistakes In Outpatient Care Raising Concerns,” versions of which were picked up by news outlets across the country, including the Washington Post. The article, written by KHN columnist Michelle Andrews, was based largely on the June 15 article in the Journal of the American ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on July 6, 2011
  • In Memoriam: PA Ron Nelson, Educator, Clinician, Leader

    Pioneering PA Ron L. Nelson died Saturday at 58 in Fremont, Mich. Here's the obituary from the Grand Rapids Press. Ron had a keen interest in advancing rural healthcare, having co-founded and served as first president of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics. He also served two terms as AAPA president and was appointed by President ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on June 14, 2011
  • Fallen Army PA to Be Honored Today at Fort Campbell

    When an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on March 4, 2005, Army Capt. Sean Grimes became the first PA to be killed in that conflict. Now, Capt. Grimes’ sacrifice for his country is being recognized today at Fort Campbell, Ky., where a training center at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) is being ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on May 13, 2011
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