Delilah Dylan Dominguez is AAPA’s 2020 PA Student of the Year. A first-generation college student, Dominguez is in her second year of the Quinnipiac University PA Program and is on the Leadership Committee of the Student Academy of AAPA.
More than one in seven PAs are nearing retirement. AAPA Research indicates that PAs are retiring earlier and, compared to PAs under age 55, those nearing retirement more commonly practice in primary care and in non-metropolitan/completely rural areas.
Diabetes, often complicated by other medical conditions, demands high-quality care and management. PAs play a vital role in care and management for patients with diabetes; nearly 87% of PAs surveyed see patients with this diagnosis.
PAs employed by hospitals comprise 34.9% of PAs in the profession. Academic medical centers are the most common hospital employer, with nearly half (46.4%) of hospital-employed respondents working for them.
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.