More patients… More complex patients

If it seems like you are seeing more patients these days, and that they have more health problems than they used to, that’s because you probably are. The absolute number of patients seeking care is increasing, and many more patients have multiple chronic conditions than they did a generation, or even a decade, ago.

Houry Gebeshian: PA School Grad, Surgical PA, and Olympic Gymnast

Houry Gebeshian is a graduate of the Wake Forest PA Program, Surgical PA-C, and Olympic Gymnast competing for the Republic of Armenia. She was kind enough to agree to an interview with the Student Academy of AAPA about her experiences in PA school, surgery, and gymnastics

Hit the Ground Running: From PA-S to PA-C

My name is Alexa Llewellyn and I am a second-year Physician Assistant student from the University of Pittsburgh. I am currently finishing my final clinical rotation and will be taking the PANCE on February 27, 2016. I completed my undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at Lock Haven University in 2013. Prior to embarking on my journey to becoming a PA, I worked as a nurse aide on a med/surg and orthopedic unit at my hometown medical center.

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.

PA Student Scholarships Available

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