Today, the American Academy of PAs released its 2018 AAPA Salary Report, which found that PAs employed by hospitals report having higher salaries, more leadership opportunities, and better benefits than their counterparts employed by physician practices.
By 2030, the U.S. may face a shortage of 42,600 to 121,300 physicians, according to the 2018 projections established by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Within their model, they found that general population growth coupled with the aging population accounts for most of the projected shortfall.
More than 39% of PAs in rural locations practice in primary care compared to 21% of those in urban locations. This supports researchers who say that PAs can be positioned to meet the rapidly growing primary care needs in rural locations.
Adults aged 65+ frequently have multiple chronic conditions that may add to their medical complexity. Treatment for complex patients is unsustainably costly, but the needs of these patients can be met with effective care strategies. PAs are poised to take a lead role in bringing cost-effective care coordination to complex patients.
Medical providers such as PAs are often the first point of contact for caretakers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and as such, need to be comfortable speaking about how to identify red flags of ASD, and where to refer caretakers if there is any concern.
Urgent care medicine is the “provision of immediate medical service offering outpatient care for the treatment of acute and chronic illness and injury”. PAs in urgent care should have a vast array of clinical skills as well as the ability to quickly identify patients who require more intensive emergency medicine services. While urgent care providers may also be the first to diagnosis chronic diseases such as diabetes or asthma, they generally refer patients to a primary care provider for the management of these conditions.