Lifehacks for PAs

In today’s fast-moving, constantly connected, 24/7 world, maintaining a healthy balance among work, family, and taking care of ourselves can be a challenge. The first step in achieving this balance is to be mindful and deliberate about it.

Gathering the Numbers You Need: Contract Negotiation

PA Natalie Warmuth of Chicago shares her story about the importance of gathering the numbers you need before sitting down to the negotiating table. According to the 2017 AAPA Salary Report, 66.2 percent of PAs are women. That same report also pointed out that female PAs made 7 percent less per year than their male counterparts (even after controlling for various compensation-relevant factors).

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Day in the Life of a PA in Primary Care

I’ve been working in family medicine for two years now. Some things we do every day may seem routine, but there is nothing ordinary about how we care for our patients. Here is a recent day at my practice.

A Day in the Life of a PA in Orthopaedic Surgery

I enjoy being a physician assistant because my work is challenging, yet very rewarding. I am able to practice medicine within a multidisciplinary team where I consult with my supervising physicians daily. Here’s what a recent day was like for me.