Future of Physician Assistants
Birth of Physician Assistant Profession
- Created to improve and expand healthcare.
- Curriculum of the PA program based on the fast-track training of doctors during World War II.
- Former military corpsmen seeking an opportunity to use their medical skills in civilian life.
- First three PAs graduated from Duke University in 1967
- Gained acceptance and backing federally as early as the 1970s as a creative solution to the shortage of physicians.
- Medical community helped support the profession and spurred setting accreditation standards, establishing a national certification and standardized examination, and developing continuing medical education requirements. (Source: AAPA.org)
Physician Assistants are a GROWING Profession!
- Relative to other health care professions, there is a short educational term.
- Ability to change medical specialties without additional formal training—allows flexibility!
- Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that PAs will be the second-fastest-growing profession in the next decade, increasing from 74,800 in 2008 to 103,900 in 2018
- AAPA projects that in 2020, there will be between 137,000 and 173,000 certified PAs.
- Coupled with this are the prospects of an aging population, who will need more healthcare services. (Source: AAPA.org)
Other Benefits of Becoming a Physician Assistant
- Changes in health care delivery demand more mid-level clinicians for primary care.
- Educational investment: bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years post-graduate education.
- Find opportunities in ALL areas of medicine.
- Enjoy high levels of job satisfaction.
- Same level of physician-supervised patient care with less student debt!