No difference in care between PAs, NPs, physicians in community health centers

A first-of-its-kind study examining patient health outcomes in community health centers found that PAs and nurse practitioners (NPs) delivered similar quality of care, services, and referrals as those made by physicians. Recently published in the journal Medical Care, the study could have implications for the structure of community health centers in the future.

PA leans in, embraces challenges, and expands care

Experience has taught PA Ratna Kanumury that having more than one pair of eyes on a patient can be tremendously beneficial. As director of PA services for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) in Illinois, she serves a dual role splitting her time between administrative duties and treating patients at Woodlawn Health Center, a safety net public health clinic on Chicago’s South Side where many residents live in deep poverty.

Why I applied for a National Health Service Corps scholarship

In order to detail my reasons for applying for this wonderful scholarship, I must first define what led me to the profession. One of the main reasons I chose to become a PA was to help those in need of medical care, specifically the populations that may have little to no access to these resources. I then gained acceptance into Touro University Nevada’s PA program, where I found that I fit perfectly, since their motives of helping the undeserved related to my own.

20 things to know about urgent care

Did you know that PAs are part of the preferred staffing model for urgent care? Becker’s Hospital Review outlined 20 things to know about urgent care based on data found in the Urgent Care Association of America’s “2016 Benchmarking Report.”

AAPA’s PA Communications Guide

As the PA profession evolves, so does the language used to talk about it. The explosive growth of the profession, coupled with the continued modernization of PA laws, is rapidly changing the way you practice and the language we use to describe what you do.

PAs and NPs are not interchangeable

“Are NPs and PAs the same and therefore substitutable?” As a PA and NP, Virginia Hass has a unique perspective on this topic. In this JAAPA article, she focused on the scope of practice and core competencies of each profession.

NASCAR medicine: in the fast lane with PA Bill Heisel

Bill Heisel’s an important contributor to the race scene. But he doesn’t spend Sunday afternoon driving stock cars at nearly 200 miles an hour. He is the guy who takes care of the guys who take care of the cars.

An American PA in the UK

The New England Journal of Medicine features a guest blog post by PA Megan Tetlow, from Fort Myers, Fla., who is working in Sheffield, England, as part of the UK's National Physician Associate Expansion Program. She practices in gynecologic oncology.  Tetlow writes that she's always dreamed about living and working in another country, and now she wants to share what she's learned with other PAs.