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.
The salary of PAs is steadily increasing, reports Becker’s ASC Review.
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.”
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.
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.
AAPA Past President, Stephen Hanson, PA-C, discusses proposed updates to PA certifications.
“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.
Jeffrey A. Katz, President and Chair of the Board of AAPA highlighted what consumers should know before buying and utilizing home health devices.
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.”
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.”
“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.)
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.
“'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.”
Monster.com 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.
“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
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.