Every year, from October 6th through October 12th, PAs (physician assistants) around the country celebrate their incredible contributions to the field of medicine. For over 50 years, PAs have been instrumental in providing invaluable care to their communities and we, at Mint Physician Staffing, wanted to take a minute to recognize and thank these selfless men and women who have done so much for so many people around the country. Before National PA week became a weeklong celebration of the profession and its clinicians, National PA Day was celebrated on October 6, 2987, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first graduating class of PAs from Duke University’s PA program.
What is a PA?
During their studies, conducted at the master’s level, PAs receive rigorous classroom instruction alongside more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotation based on a curriculum modeled after a physician’s medical school education. After graduation, their generalist medical training allows them to provide a large gamut of patient care and treat patients holistically. More specifically, PAs can take medical histories, conduct physicals, diagnose & treat illness, order & interpret tests, develop treatment plans, prescribe medications, consult on preventative care, perform procedures, assist in surgery, perform rounds, and do clinical research. While this might not be a comprehensive list of things that PAs can do, it is vital in understanding the roles that PAs play in the field of medicine. They can do essentially everything that a doctor can.
PA Jobs Outlook
With a continually aging population that required more care, the PA profession is growing proportionately. The growth rate of demand for PAs over the next 8 to 10 years is roughly 37 percent according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is much faster than the average of all occupations. This increase in demand for healthcare services and providers is such that nearly 75 percent of graduating PAs receive multiple job offers upon graduating.
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