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Physician’s Assistant: Leading Patient Centered Medical Teams

Emily Brubaker, Writer

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The Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010, recognized Physician Assistants (PAs) as one of three primary care providers. Empowering PAs to lead patient-centered medical teams, team-based care functions as the core of a PA’s training. Moreover, PAs can practice autonomously or in a collaborative relationship with other patient’s healthcare members.

Undergoing rigorous medical training, PAs take several tests in general medicine to earn a license and their certification. Graduating from an accredited PA program and passing a certification exam, they must complete extensive continuing medical education throughout their careers.

Furthermore, their education focuses on the medical school curriculum model, learning to make life saving diagnostic and therapeutic decisions while working. All PAs have certification making them medical generalists with a foundation in primary care. Practicing in two or three specialty areas, giving them deep experience and the flexibility to meet the changing needs of their patients, PAs help employers administer efficient healthcare and promote healthful living in communities.

In addition, three quarters of PAs receive multiple job offers upon passing their initial licensing and certification exams. Showing how PAs practice top quality healthcare, studies reported lower hospital readmission rates and decreased lengths of stay and infection rates .

In a primary care setting, physician assistants can provide nearly all of the clinical services a physician administers, such as detail medical histories, perform physical exams, order and interpret laboratory tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, counsel patients, assist in surgery, and set fractures.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 30% job growth rate through 2024. In addition, a physician assistant graduate program averages only 27 months. Earning about $98,180 annually, their job offers the flexibility to move into different areas of medicine without additional education and training.

Students–consider a career as a Physician Assistant!

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