Peace Corps puts PA applicants on hiatus

The Peace Corps is reviewing its current MD supervisory policy as it pertains to PAs, the organization reported today. Until the policy is revised and finalized, PAs are not being considered for Peace Corps medical officer positions. The process is expected to take two to three months.

PA in orthopaedics saves patient’s life with generalist education

Among the millions of people who have dreamt of working in sports, only a small fraction of them have successfully turned those lofty dreams into real-life occupations. So when PA Sincer Jacob — a big time sports fan — landed a job at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago, a practice that works with many of the city’s professional sports teams, he knew how fortunate he was.

Updated 2017 American Diabetes Association Standards of Care

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) publishes the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes annually, based on the latest medical research. The following narrative provides a summary of the 2017 updated recommendations that have been developed for clinical practice. The ADA guidelines are not intended to aid or preclude clinical judgment. The full guidelines can be accessed at ADA's Diabetes Pro website.

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.