The Blessing and Burden of Flexibility: A Guide in Choosing Your Specialty as a New Graduate

While providing mentorship to a PA student, I was asked the question if he should initially pursue a primary care job to solidify his medical foundation before entering a specialty field. I found this to be a great question that I’m sure many soon-to-be graduates are pondering. While reflecting on the question, I realized how the flexibility of our profession could feel like both a blessing and burden at times. Bottom line up front: Pursue the specialty you are passionate about.

The PA-S To-Do List

A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison PA program, emergency medicine PA and former EMT, medical scribe and seventh-grade science teacher, Jimmy Clark Jr., shares some first-hand career advice for first-year PA students.

A Student and the PA Profession: A Love Story

In a very emotional Long White Coat ceremony on May 15th, I said a few words to my graduating class, fully feeling the weight of the past and the hope of the future. I’d now like to share my story with students across the nation, in hopes that they too will follow their hearts in this journey toward a PA life.

PA Student Scholarships Available

PA Foundation student scholarships are now available for eligible PA students. Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2015.

Hawaii PAs Obtain Full Prescriptive Authority

Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a rule proposal authorizing PAs to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances, now giving Hawaii PAs full prescriptive authority. The Hawaii Academy of Physician Assistants (HAPA) worked closely with the Hawaii Medical Board to achieve this measure and was persistent in expediting the rule adoption after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s reclassification of hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II

Building a Challenge Bowl Team

The Challenge Bowl competition is reliably one of the highlights of the AAPA conferences, bringing in hundreds of attendees for this event and including over 70 PA programs from across the nation. In light of the competitive nature among the students, one of the challenges is to continue to view this as a game, a place where accumulated knowledge and serious preparation meets the luck of knowing a random piece of medical knowledge.

Making PA History at the White House

Maj. Saibatu Mansaray-Knight, U.S. Army, SP, PA-C, recently became the first medical officer to be selected as the Army military aide to the vice president of the United States.

2015 Medicare Surgical Assist Exclusion List

The 2015 Medicare Surgical Assist Exclusion List is now available. Medicare will not pay for an assistant at surgery on procedures deemed necessary in fewer than 5 percent of surgical cases nationally. The payment exclusion applies to all first assistants, PAs, MDs and NPs.

PAs in Administration: TV News Reporter Finds Her Calling in PA Leadership Role

For Sheri A. Shebairo, MBA, PA-C, getting to the bottom of an issue has been a driving force throughout her professional life. Her first career was as a television news reporter in New York, but she always knew she wanted to have a more personal impact on the lives of others. Shebairo’s curiosity and eagerness to learn led her to make the life changing decision to pursue a career in healthcare.