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Transcript of Physician Assistant
Approximately 64% of PAs report being
“most satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their jobs.
PAs are trained and educated under the medical model
Physicians delegate duties to PAs, and within those range of duties, PAs use autonomous decision-making
This team model is an efficient way to provide high-quality medical care.
PA practice is regulated through state laws.
The most effective PA laws are written in a way that allow supervising physicians to determine how best to work with PAs in a practice.
PAs in Sub-specialties
$50,567 for an in-state resident and
$61,088 for out-of-state resident
The average PA student graduates with about $100,000 in student debt
Medical Offices (58%)
Family Medicine (30%) and Surgery (24%).
Outpatient care centers (7%),
Armed Forces and other federal government agencies (4%)
College Campus (3%),
Where do PAs work?
Flexibility to go into any field
Working part-time or full time
Ability to support my family
Opportunity to learn from a lot of different people
Direct patient care that changes lives
The best parts
of being a PA
What we do:
Take medical histories
Examine and treat patients
Order and interpret laboratory tests & X-rays
Treat minor injuries by suturing, splinting, & casting
Record progress notes
Educate and counsel patients
Order or carry out therapy
Part of the Healthcare team
Lisa Ailstock, PA-C
Physician Assistants held about 86,700 jobs in 2012.
Employment is expected to grow by 38% from 2012 to 2022. This is much faster than average.
33,300 jobs are expected to be added from 2012 - 2022
Employment and Job Outlook
PA postgraduate educational programs available:
Rural primary care
Candidates must be graduates of an accredited program and be certified by the NCCPA.
desire to serve others
good listening skills
ability to read body language
calm decision maker in emergencies
enthusiasm for lifelong learning
All Physician Assistants must pass the
Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination;
by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Only those who have successfully completed the examination may use the credential
“Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C).”
To remain certified; PAs must complete:
of continuing medical education every 2 years.
, they must pass a re-certification examination or complete an alternative program combining learning experiences and a take-home examination.
Complete application once requirements met
Try to be unique in your essay
Close attention is paid to:
science GPA, withdrawals, college attended
At least 3 letters of recommendation
At least one should be from PA
Interview with several people in a single day
Know why YOU are unique
Know why the program is unique
Be ready to explain blemish: MIP
No MCATS required
Entry into PA programs is very competitive.
You must have a Bachelors degree in a health related field.
A GPA of 3.0 or better (3.5)
Health-related work experience (1000-2000)
Requirements vary from program to program.
What does the PA program involve?
2-3 years to complete for full-time students.
There are 170 educational programs, with most programs offering a Master's Degree.
There five PA Master's programs in Michigan!
To become a licensed PA you need to pass the
Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE)
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Created in 1965 by Dr. Eugene Stead @ Duke University
Former hospital corpsmen and combat medics
Curriculum of the PA program based on training of medical doctors during World War II
History of the PA Profession
Formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive healthcare services, as delegated by a physician.
Physician Assistants (PA) provide healthcare services under the supervision of physicians.
PA-C, Director of Student Health Services @ Kalamazoo College
I have been a PA for 25 years
WMU PA program graduate
Worked in Internal medicine, Family practice, Research, Ear, Nose & Throat & Urgent Care
As of May, 2012 the median annual wage of Physician Assistants was $90,930
The average per hour is $43.72
First 12 months of didactic work:
Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Clinical labs, Medical Ethics, pharmacology, Community and Public Health, Psychiatry, Surgical Technique
Second 12 months clinical rotations:
Hospitals & Medical Offices
Family Medicine, Internal medicine, OB-Gyn, Pediatrics, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Dermatology.
Live with Host family or in Hospital
What to expect
How much does school cost?
What is a
In what fields do PAs work other than Family Practice?
Continuing Medical Education
To be eligible to apply for admission, prospective applicants must present evidence of the following:
Earned academic bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the most recent 60 hours.
Completion of one course in developmental psychology (lifespan).
Completion of one upper division course in biochemistry.
Completion of one upper division course in microbiology.
Completion of one course in human anatomy.
Completion of one upper division course in human physiology.
Completion of one course in introductory statistics.
Completion of 1,000 hours of patient contact hours acceptable to the department.
Due to the competitive nature of this program, the above should be viewed as minimum standards.