It’s PA Week — WOOT!

PA week every year is a celebration of the profession and a chance to educate the public about all that PAs do.  According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA.org) website: Before it was a week-long event, National PA Day was first celebrated on October 6, 1987, in honor of the 20th anniversary of [...]

Physician Assistants Easing the Primary Care Shortage

Guest Contributor Julie Sweet After logging five decades of high-quality, cost-effective care, physician assistants are gearing up for their time in the spotlight. The stage is set: fewer physicians are entering primary care, older family practice physicians are retiring, and the U.S. population is growing, aging and — thanks to the Patient Protection [...]

Do You Have The Physician Assistant Personality?

Ever wonder if you have the right personality for physician assistant medicine --  if the "fit" of PA is right for you?  With some help from Holland's Personal Interest Inventory, you can find out just that. A few weeks after I started PA school at U.C. Davis, I noticed just how much I liked everyone [...]

11 Misconceptions About Physician Assistants

There are plenty of misconceptions about physician assistants. The newness of their field naturally leads to a number of misconceptions about physician assistants.  If you’ve never met a PA or been treated by one, you’re left to guess what it is that PA's do, and sometimes these guesses (though understandable), are just plain [...]

New York Times Praises Physician Assistants

Last week’s New York Times included a very positive article about the PA field: The Physician Assistant Will See You, which was both great publicity for PA’s and sign of growing trust in this exploding profession. Like most articles on physician assistants, it included a description of what exactly a PA is and how to become one.  But rather than stopping there […]