The medical scrubs she wears to the urgent care center are drastically different than the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleading uniform she wears on game day. But whether PA Snow Feng is cheering in front of a worldwide audience or attending to a patient one-on-one, she remains focused on her practice, her community and her team.
Volunteering can offer very real career benefits, including the opportunity to expand your professional network and visibility in your community, to explore new practice areas and roles, to keep medically and professionally active during times of career or life transition, and to build leadership skills.
Physicians have traditionally filled the roles of medical directors. However, with the right background and determination, many PAs have shown they, too, have what it takes to be successful in those positions. One prime example is PA Javier Esquivel-Acosta, who for several years served as associate medical director at the Foothill Community Health Center (FCHC) in San Jose, Calif. The center oversees a number of local health clinics throughout the area.
The National Commission on the Certification of PAs (NCCPA) announced its upcoming pilot program to test an alternative to the Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE) set to begin in January 2019 for PAs who otherwise would be required to take the PANRE in 2018 or 2019.
In this article written for the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA) provides a brief history of emergency medicine PAs (EMPA), gives a primer on PA training and discusses EMPA onboarding and utilization.