Physician Assistant Article

Pre-Requisites for Becoming a Physician Assistant

Pre-Requisites for Becoming a Physician Assistant

Almost all PAs graduate with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in the field, which means that the education path takes a fairly long time and comes with quite a few educational requirements along the way.

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What is a Physician Assistant Career Like

What is a Physician Assistant Career Like

What Does a Career as a Physician Assistant Look Like? Of all the health care training options, physician assistants are among one of the fastest-growing in the United States. This Masters-level degree allows students to become “semi-physicians,” responsible for much of the same tasks as a physician, but without the medical degree. Although the tasks […]

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Physician Assistants Needed in Suburban and Rural Areas

Physician Assistants Needed in Suburban and Rural Areas

Physician assistants (PA’s) are needed in small towns, suburbs and cities across America to supplement America’s shrinking work force of physicians as primary care providers. Specifically, job opportunities for PA’s are growing rapidly in rural areas. This is partially due to a large number of family practice and general practitioner physicians who are retiring. In […]

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Physician Assistants are in high demand

Physician Assistants are in high demand

The consistently rising shortage of physicians is said to be caused by the large number of retiring baby boomer doctors, physicians breaking free of the health care industry due to frustration with lack of insurance reimbursement and other factors that are leading to a substantive lack of primary care providers. This is especially true of […]

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Physician Assistant Careers More Lucrative Than Ever

Physician Assistant Careers More Lucrative Than Ever

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in this field to grow 27% by 2016. This is one of the highest growth rates predicted among all health care professions (see also my recent blog comparing growth rates in other careers). The recently reported average income for PAs in 2008 was $89,897 (AAPA).

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Physician Assistants are Specializing More

Physician Assistants are Specializing More

While the PA profession initially emerged as a general care practice, physician assistants are now following the example of their physician counterparts and moving into specialized areas of medicine. As of 2005, 59% of actively practicing physician assistants were working in some sort of specialty practice*.

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