Barriers to Providing Care Improving, But More Work Remains

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.

PAs in Rural Locations Ready to Meet Primary Care Needs

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.

Are PAs Burned Out?

AAPA’s 2018 Salary Survey reveals intriguing data on PA satisfaction at work and measures of fulfillment, exhaustion, disengagement and burnout.

PAs Can Bring Cost-Effective Care to Complex Patients

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.

Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Clinical Setting

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, a Fast Growing Specialty for PAs and Physicians

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.

PAs in Hospitals: 10 Fast Facts

Based on data derived from the 2017 AAPA Salary Report, the AAPA Research Department identified ten facts about PAs in hospitals.