Why I Decided To Go With “PA”

I just saw an article that struck me as odd. Here is the first paragraph: “Did you know “Physician Assistant” (PA) was ranked the best job in America? Did you know their average base salary is higher than that of software engineers, business developers, and even your run-of-the-mill data scientist? Yet, most people still liken PAs to any ordinary assistant-level employee.”

How to Stay Active During PA School Without Sacrificing Study Time

There is no need to explain how time-consuming PA school is. Long hours, frequent tests, and a seemingly endless amount of medical material to master at the risk of harming the patients you haven’t met yet is just plain daunting. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that we are all already taking care of the most important patient we will ever provide for – ourselves.

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.

California Improves Chart Co-Signature Requirements for PAs

On Oct. 6, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that improves documentation requirements for PAs in California. Senate Bill (SB) 337, sponsored by the California Academy of PAs (CAPA), adds flexibility to the state’s current chart co-signature requirements that will allow for a reduction in the number of charts that are required to be co-signed by a physician.

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