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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

NY Times Article

Flora Traub is a 37-year-old mother of three with a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. But after years as a policy analyst, she found herself reflecting on her undergraduate premedical studies and the happy year she spent in AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps after college. She decided she wanted a new career, in medicine, but not as a doctor.
“I wouldn’t dream of medical school,” said Ms. Traub, who entered Boston University’s physician assistant training program this year. “Seven years of training and residency? I don’t want that much time away from my kids.” Another reason: “Doctors just seem to be running all the time, all day long.”
Think of it. No M.C.A.T., no residency, two years of professional school and you’re out making $100,000 a year. And like nurse practitioners and other “physician extenders,” P.A.s now carry out many duties once handled by doctors: They perform physical exams, diagnose illnesses, assist in surgery, order lab tests and prescribe medication.
With tens of millions of Americans newly insured under the Affordable Care Act, and a shortfall in the number of doctors to care for them, it’s little wonder that physician assistant is one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, their numbers are expected to increase 38 percent between 2012 and 2022. Already, between 6,500 and 7,000 new P.A.s are joining the ranks each year. Schools have noticed. There are currently 187 accredited master’s programs across the country, with 78 more in the pipeline.
P.A. programs are increasingly competitive. Flora Traub is one of 25 students in Boston University’s program; 1,024 applied.
Boston University started its degree program in April, and had 1,024 applications for 25 slots in its first class. Duke, with the country’s top-ranked program, had 1,600 applicants for 88 seats. Like most of the programs, Duke’s requires applicants to complete coursework in pre-med science classes like biology and chemistry and to have hands-on experience with patients. “Six months is the bare minimum,” said Karen J. Hills, the program director. “Most competitive applicants have quite a bit more than that, like 13 to 40 months.” They have often worked as medical assistants, E.M.T.s or phlebotomists before matriculating.
Typically, programs consist of a year in the classroom, then a year of clinical rotations. The education follows a medical model, with emphasis on data gathering, diagnosis and treatment. After passing a national certification exam, physician assistants practice under a supervising doctor.
The Cleveland Clinic, one of the largest medical centers in the country, employs about 400 P.A.s and has openings for 30 more. “When I started here 10 years ago we had about 50 P.A.s,” said Josanne Pagel, executive director of physician assistant services. “P.A.s are critical for access to care.”
For many health care providers, they are also critical to economic success. “You’re really getting bang for your buck,” Ms. Pagel said. P.A.s generally make about half a physician’s salary or less, depending on specialty (an E.R. doctor makes on average $270,000, an emergency-room P.A. $112,000). But when a P.A. performs a procedure, insurance companies reimburse the clinic for about 85 percent of the charge, opposed to 100 percent for an M.D. Ms. Pagel said these numbers are similar nationwide. The difference is made up with higher patient volume. “When a P.A. comes into a practice,” she said, “we’re able to see many more patients.”
At the Cleveland Clinic, P.A.s assist in all disciplines of medicine and surgery, and have been heavily integrated into the emergency department to improve patient flow. Incoming patients are evaluated by P.A.s, who funnel urgent cases (strokes, heart attacks) to an M.D. and manage non-urgent cases (ear infections, sprained ankles) themselves.
Lynn Pagliaccio, the clinic’s P.A. manager for emergency services, described her work with physicians as “very collaborative.” “If somebody comes in with a simple toothache, we can manage that on our own,” she said. “But if they have a toothache and a high fever and their whole face is swollen, we have the doc come over and take a peek.”
Since instituting the fast-track system, wait time has decreased by two hours on average. Surveys show that patient satisfaction has increased, and reviews indicate no rise in misdiagnoses or malpractice suits, according to Dr. Stephen Meldon, emergency department director at the clinic’s main campus.
But not all patients embrace physician assistants. According to a national surveylast year by the American Academy of Family Physicians, 72 percent of Americans prefer physicians for information related to their medical care, viewing them as more knowledgeable and experienced.
Some doctors worry that patients are getting short shrift as the bottom line pushes physicians out of the examination room. Dr. Prakash Masand, a psychiatrist in New York City and C.E.O. of Global Medical Education, an online medical education resource, is a critic of their increasing role in mental healthcare while receiving only 6 to 12 weeks of psychiatric training in school. “This is one of the reasons misdiagnoses, underdiagnoses and the over-prescription ofantidepressants have flooded the mental health system,” he said. “Until P.A.s receive more specialized training, they shouldn’t handle patients who need a much more experienced doctor.”
Such concerns are echoed for other fields. Dr. Houtan Chaboki, a plastic surgeon in Washington, D.C., points to a growing trend of Botox injections and laser treatments being performed by physician assistants. “They might be under physician supervision, but the physician may not even be in the room,” he said. “They may just be reviewing the chart afterward.”
Training should keep P.A.s from overreaching, said Mary Warner, director of Boston University’s program. “P.A.s know what they can do,” she said. “They know their limits. And I think that the safety factor, having two brains rather than one, really improves the quality of care.” Studies have found that including physician assistants on health care teams can shorten hospital stays and decrease postoperative complications, among other improvements in care.
Like it or not, medicine is now a team sport, observes Dr. Reid B. Blackwelder, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. As his practice moves to team-based care, he may delegate more well-child visits to P.A.s or nurse practitioners. He enjoys seeing his healthy patients, he said, “but the paperwork takes a lot of time — as a physician, my time may be better spent with a patient who is critically ill.” And he can still keep his relationship with the healthier children, he said, “by a quick visit at the end.”
“We’re all challenged to recognize some new truths,” he said. “I was a solo family physician in a small town called Trenton, Ga., and there’s a badge of honor about that. But the reality is that no one in our current health care system is truly solo or truly independent anymore.”


Wednesday, October 9, 2013


 PA Week 2013 Logo _ Revised
Held every year from Oct. 6-12, National PA Week is a celebration of the PA profession. PAs across the country use National PA Week to increase awareness of both the PA profession and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.



Watch a video of Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) recognizing PA Week and the PA profession on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Download the free poster and planning guides available to help you celebrate PA Week this year and the latest version of the I'm a PA patient education brochure


Friday, September 6, 2013

Favorite iPhone apps

Here are some awesome iPhone apps! Check them out! If you have any great ones please share!

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013


PAs No. 3 on Forbes list of best master's degrees for jobs 
obtained from : PAs Connect 

For the third year, Forbes examined which master's degrees would provide the best long-term opportunities, based on salary and employment outlook. Physician assistants took the number 3 spot in 2013, behind information systems and physics, respectively.

PAs are in demand and can earn excellent salaries. The study cited an aging population, expanded access under the Affordable Care Act and the return on investment of a PA degree as reasons why the profession ranked so high.

"Similar to the IT sector, healthcare is another sector expected to see tremendous job growth," said Katie Bardaro, lead economist at Payscale, whose data was used to compile the list in addition to Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers. "As our population continues to age and as more people seek healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, more and more medical workers will be needed. Additionally, these are not jobs that can be outsourced. They will need to be filled by people right here, right now. As far as return on investment goes, a PA master's degree is a real win."

The mid-career median pay for a physician assistant is $98,800, according to the study. Employment opportunities are expected to grow 30 percent by 2020 (from the 2010 employment numbers), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Graduating soon?

Are you graduating soon and looking for a job? Here are some tips: 

1. Generally you can take the PANCE 6 days after you graduate. Use study guides and practice with exam master. NCCPA perfectly outlines what you should study for the exam: NCCPA BLUEPRINT

PANCE EXAM - NCCPA specific information regarding the PANCE exam

PA National Certification - NCCPA website. Get information about the PANCE: information about the test, a test content blueprint, policies, facts, etc. Also get information about CMEs and certification processes. 

2. After you pass the PANCE, you generally can apply for your state license. Depending on which state you live in, this can sometimes take some time. ( I think I waited 30 days for mine but I know others who waited longer)

NY State License Requirements - specific NY state PA license requirement. If you don't live in NY, just do a google search and you can find your state's requirements

3. There are plenty of great ways to search for jobs. Your PA program may forward job opportunities to you. Another good idea is to visit hospital websites and check the career opportunities section. You'd be surprised, but websites like www.indeed.com or craigslist also have private job listings - just be careful to verify they are reputable.  

4.  Jobs at certain locations can take several months for you to finish necessary paperwork and credentialing. 

5. Remember to apply for an NPI number. This is your provider identifier number. 
NPI - apply for your national provider identifier number

Monday, March 25, 2013


Look back soon for new updates and useful information! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cities that offered most PA jobs

The BLS reports these cities offered the most physician assistant jobs, as of the last survey: 

10. Winston-Salem, NC, with 340 jobs and 1.73 PA jobs per thousand total employment positions; 

9. Ann Arbor, MI-- 340 jobs and 1.77 PA jobs per thousand; 

8. Charleston, WV-- 260 positions and 1.88 PA jobs per thousand; 

7. Nassau-Suffolk, NY, with the highest number of jobs at 2,280 and the ratio of 1.88 PA positions per thousand jobs; 

6. Anchorage, AK, at 320 jobs and 1.91 PA jobs per thousand; 

5. Idaho Falls, ID-- 100 jobs, 2.07 PA positions per thousand; 

4. Fayetteville, NC--270 jobs with 2.11 PA positions per thousand; 

3. Rochester, MN, at 210 jobs with employment per thousand jobs at 2.15; 

2. Lewiston, ID-WA-- 60 jobs, with employment per thousand jobs at 2.46; 

1. Glens Falls, NY-- 140 jobs with a high 2.71 PA jobs per thousand jobs total. 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Which States Have the Highest Concentration of Physician Assistants?

Healthcare reform's focus on cost-efficient care paired with the nationwide shortage of primary care physicians is putting physician assistants in high demand. Here is the number of physician assistants per 100,000 people in each state, along with the District of Columbia. 

1. Alaska — 75
2. South Dakota — 65
3. District of Columbia — 64
4. Montana — 62
5. Nebraska — 49
5. Colorado — 49 
5. Maine — 49
8. Connecticut — 47
9. Vermont — 47
10. New Hampshire — 43
11. North Carolina — 42
12. Minnesota — 41
12. Wyoming — 41
14. Idaho — 40
14. North Dakota — 40
16. Washington — 39
17. Michigan — 38
17. Wisconsin — 38
19. Maryland — 37
20. Pennsylvania — 36
20. Kansas — 36
20. New York — 36
23. West Virginia — 34 
23. Oregon — 34
23. Massachusetts — 34
23. Utah — 34
27. Delaware — 33
28. Arizona  — 32
28. Iowa — 32
30. Oklahoma — 30
31. New Mexico — 29
32. Virginia — 28
33. Rhode Island — 27
34. Florida — 23
34. Nevada — 23
34. Georgia — 23
37. Texas — 22
37. Kentucky — 22
39. Illinois — 20
40. Tennessee — 19
40. South Carolina — 19
42. California — 18
43. Ohio — 17
44. Hawaii — 16
44. Louisiana — 16
46. Indiana — 15
46. New Jersey — 15
48. Missouri — 13
49. Arkansas — 9
50. Alabama — 8
51. Mississippi — 4 


Friday, January 11, 2013

NYC To Restrict Access To Painkillers In Public Hospital EDs.

The New York Times (1/11, Hartocollis, Subscription Publication) reports that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday a new city policy that will no longer allow most public hospitals patients to get "more than three days' worth of narcotic painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet. Long-acting painkillers, including OxyContin, a familiar remedy for chronic backache and arthritis, as well as Fentanyl patches and methadone, will not be dispensed at all." City officials explained the "policy was aimed at reducing the growing dependency on painkillers and preventing excess amounts of drugs from being taken out of medicine chests and sold on the street or abused by teenagers and others who want to get high." Critics warn that the restrictions "could deprive doctors in the public hospital system - whose mission it is to treat poor people - of the flexibility that they need to respond to patients."
        Bloomberg News (1/11, Pettypiece) reports that the move is designed to reduce overdoes and prescription painkiller abuse. "The number of emergency room visits in New York related to painkillers almost tripled in 2010 from 2004 to 143 visits for every 100,000 people, the city said. The use of painkillers without a medical need in the U.S. increased 75 percent in 2010 from 2002, the Archives of Internal Medicine reported. More than 15,500 people overdosed on the pills and died in 2009, more than double since 2002, the study found."
        The New York Daily News (1/11, Durkin) notes that "emergency rooms will also be barred from refilling prescriptions that patients say were lost or stolen."

Sunday, December 9, 2012

PA/NP Advance

Advance for NPs and PAs is a website I recently came across. There are excellent articles and you can subscribe for online access or even receive a monthly copy in the mail! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Top 3 Physician Assistant Specialties in Demand By Employers

Top 3 Physician Assistant Specialties in Demand By Employers  – 11/21/2012

Top 3 Physician Assistant Specialties in Demand By EmployersNovember 21, 2012

The physician assistant (PA) industry has come a long way from its meager military beginnings. Today, PAs hold one of the most coveted professional positions in the healthcare industry. PAs are able to diagnose and treat patients depending on state regulations, making PAs a practical and convenient alternative to physicians. With an anticipated anticipated 30 percent increase, healthcare industry options for PAs are abundant. PA positions continue to be one of the highest paying jobs in the healthcare industry, but many PAs are choosing to hone skills and boost pay by branching off into medical specialties. 

Although the majority of PAs still practice primary care, the number of PAs moving toward specialty practices is growing. PA specialty trends often mirror practice areas chosen by physicians because PAs work under physicians’ supervision. A 2010 census study conducted by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) gathered comprehensive data on the most populous, profitable PA specialty areas. Here are three preferred specialties that have gained popularity in the PA field. 

Emergency Medicine

The highly demanding field of emergency medicine is constantly fraught with patients and that may be part of why it is the most popular specialty for PAs to practice. PAs working in emergency medicine provide triage treatment and assist in trauma units. PAs can work on the ground in emergency rooms or other critical care departments, as well as in the air with airlift medical emergencies. Urgent health and crisis situations can occur at anytime; the inevitable events of medical crises keep emergency medicine PAs at the top of the high-demand list. 


PAs specializing in orthopedics help treat patients with musculoskeletal ailments. Scientific advancements have increased the medical industry’s ability to assist individuals with spinal cord injuries, joint replacements and other musculoskeletal issues, making orthopedics an increasingly attractive area for PAs. PAs assist in all orthopedic capacities, from surgeries to rehabilitative recommendations and care. A burgeoning generation of aging baby boomers adds to the urgency. Older populations experience more degenerative bone health and PAs are flocking to fill the growing medical need for orthopedic treatment. PAs that specialize in orthopedics are high on the healthcare industry’s most wanted list. 

*An important note about PAs in orthopedic specialties: There is a big difference between orthopedic physician assistants (OPAs) and physician assistants in orthopedics. Excellent PA-training programs and degrees are alive and well, but accredited OPA programs are sparse and not as prestigious as accredited, traditional PA courses and degrees. 


Heart health is a prioritized medical concern across the nation, all over the world. This also makes cardiology a high-priority field for medical professionals, particularly PAs. PAs specializing in cardiology serve as the "right hand" medical professional for many cardiologists. Whether it is taking extensive patient histories, conducting stress test and other cardiac measurements, providing intervention and preventive counseling and other medical duties related to cardiac health, these PAs take on front-line medical work of cardiology patients. As the field of cardiology addresses the heart, medical care and treatment for patients is often a matter of life itself. Heart disease is a prevalent issue and the discovery of once-hidden congenital disorders is growing due to advanced equipment and medical techniques. As is public awareness grows about the importance of cardiac health, the field will need well-trained, knowledgeable medical professionals. The high demand for cardiology PAs will increase with this heightened awareness. 

While these specialties are very prominent on the large list of medical practices, they are but three on a very large list of specialized areas of medical expertise. Any PA seeking to go into a specialty practice will surely find one. However, these practice hot spots currently lead the list of PA specialties in high demand.