American Academy of Physician Assistants


Read the latest national and local news reports on PAs, the PA profession and AAPA.

What It's Like to Have the Best Job in America Right Now

PAs have the best job in America, according to a report from Glassdoor. To find out what it's like to have the top career in America right now, Business Insider talked to AAPA in this piece highlighting the PA profession. Read More

PA Salary on the Rise — 5 Points

The salary of PAs is steadily increasing, reports Becker’s ASC Review. Read More

EKGs, X-rays and Heart Procedures — The Role of Non-physicians Grows

The growing role of PAs practicing medicine is profiled in USA Today. “The data) also shines light on the high-level care that NPs and PAs have been providing for many years. Until now, that's been largely under the radar, but is revealed with the release of government payments to health care providers, which clearly show these caregivers are a growing force in medicine.” Read More

Mental Health in America Requires a Collaborative Solution

Getting mental health right for all Americans is a huge undertaking. Like our health care system at large, the mental health crisis gripping our nation requires a multipronged approach if we want to fix it, and as PAs, we are poised to be a significant part of that solution, Jeffrey A. Katz president and chair of the board of AAPA writes on Kevin MD. Read More

Obesity: An American Epidemic

AAPA Past President Lawrence Herman, PA-C, MPA, DFAAPA writes about the need for a stronger response to the obesity epidemic in America that reduces biases and stigma against the disease. Read More

Speaking Out Against More Certifications for PAs

AAPA Past President, Stephen Hanson, PA-C, discusses proposed updates to PA certifications. Read More

Celebrating PAs

“As a profession, PAs are a crucial component of the healthcare industry and its continued success. Ranked as the #1 Job in America by Forbes, USA Today, Glassdoor and the Young Invincibles, the demand for PAs has never been higher” says the publication. Read More

Do’s and Don’ts of Home Medical Devices

Jeffrey A. Katz, President and Chair of the Board of AAPA highlighted what consumers should know before buying and utilizing home health devices. Read More

Missouri to Allow Med-School Grads to Work as Assistant Physicians

The Wall Street Journal covers AAPA’s opposition to a controversial proposed law that would “allow medical-school graduates to work as ‘assistant physicians’ and treat patients in underserved rural areas, though they haven't trained in residency programs.  AAPA says the ’assistant physician’ title could cause confusion.” Read More

Flexibility, Training Help Physician Assistants Forge a Medical Path

U.S. News & World Report compares the similarities in education and training between physician assistants and medical doctors, while highlighting the expected surge in the PA profession. “Physician assistants can examine patients, prescribe medicine, order diagnostic tests and perform​ a host of other duties that doctors also do, experts say. And this profession may become more popular​.” Read More

Paging PAs as Affordable Care Act Fuels Demand

“There is unprecedented demand for physician assistants as insurance payment and the Affordable Care Act encourage a team-based approach to managing the care of patient populations.” Forbes reports on PAs being the fifth-highest placed medical provider of 2014, according to The Medicus Firm, a national physician recruiter. (Physicians had previously been the only medical provider in the firm’s top 10 list.) Read More

Governors’ Report Highlights Growing Role of Physician Assistants

Politico reports “the American Academy of Physician Assistants is pumped” about a National Governors Association report touting the important and growing role of PAs, and why states should remove legislative or regulatory barriers to full and effective PA practice. “Many experts see PAs as important contributors to emerging strategies to deliver health care more efficiently and effectively, but important barriers exist that could slow the growth of the profession,” the 15-page report says. Read More

The Expanding Role of the Physician Assistant

“'This is it.  He's not a doctor but I'd rather go to him than anybody else," says Barbara Kammer of her PA in this story from Newsworks and WHYY, the Philadelphia NPR affiliate. The story highlights many aspects of the PA profession, including its growth: “In the last decade alone, the PA profession has more than doubled in size. There are approximately 100,000 certified PAs practicing across the U.S. Most states have either passed or updated laws pertaining to PAs.” Read More

10 High-paying Jobs that are on a Hiring Spree ranks the PA profession as having the highest expected rate of growth – 38.4 percent – of all jobs in the U.S. from 2012 to 2022, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “It has never been a better time to practice medicine as a physician assistant or to become a physician assistant,” AAPA President John McGinnity, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, tells the career website. Read More

How Physician Assistants are Reshaping Healthcare

“PAs, as they're known, could be the future of health care,” says Harrisburg, PA-based radio station WITF. “A PA might check in with you at the emergency room, prescribe a medication, or even act as your primary care provider.” Read More

10 Reasons to See a Physician Assistant

U.S. News & World Report highlights 10 reasons for patients to seek out a PA for medical care. “If you haven’t already received medical care from a physician assistant, chances are that someday you will. More and more, PAs are becoming familiar players on the health care team. Don’t be thrown by the ‘assistant’ in their title. Physician assistants undergo intensive medical training and provide many of the same services as doctors.” Read More

Where the Jobs Are: Hot Prospects for College Grads

USA Today showcases the PA profession for its potential growth and competitive salary, and includes a video with a PA student. “Out of all high-skill occupations expected to grow at least 5% by 2017, physician assistant positions are among the jobs with both the highest growth and wage prospects,” USA Today reports. Read More

The Physician Assistant Will See You

The New York Times touts PAs as one of the fastest-growing professions in the country and critical to the future of cost-effective, quality healthcare delivery in the U.S. “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.” Read More

AAPA President on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

AAPA President John McGinnity, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, appears on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to talk about the valuable roles PAs play in today’s healthcare system. “We have been around for about 50 years now, changing medicine on a daily basis,” McGinnity said.  Read More

Five Benefits of Seeing a PA

In today's primary care setting, multiple professionals work together as a team. An integral member of the modern health care team, physician assistants, or PAs, are trained to work hands-on with patients, often serving as an extension of the primary care doctor.
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US News & World Report Highlights Demand for PAs

“As America’s population ages, PAs will increasingly be needed to treat the kinds of chronic ailments that come with an older population, like diabetes and heart disease.”  U.S. News & World Report reports on the care PAs provide, and how PAs are graduating to a healthy job market.
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