PAs prasied by New York TimesLast 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, it then pushed ahead to praise the physician assistants as crucial to quality and cost-effective health care in the US.  The American Academy of Physician Assistants’ (AAPA) website called the article, which quoted AAPA Secretary-Treasurer Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, “overwhelmingly positive.”

But the article was not completely positive.  Two physicians’ concerns about the use of PAs were quoted — one on the limited training in psychiatry that PA’s receive, and one on the increasing frequency with which PAs perform Plastic Surgery procedures (which implied this was a risk to patients).

If you haven’t read the article, I encourage you to – the New York Times has great cultural influence, and its praise amounts to endorsement of the profession.

AAPA Secretary-Treasurer Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna RMT®, DFAAPA. – See more at: http://www.aapa.org/twocolumn.aspx?id=2959&utm_source=web&utm_medium=hero_story&utm_campaign=banner_week#sthash.znMYXP8R.dpuf
AAPA Secretary-TreasurerJosannePagel,MPAS, PA-C,Karuna RMT®,DFAAPA. – See more at: http://www.aapa.org/twocolumn.aspx?id=2959&utm_source=web&utm_medium=hero_story&utm_campaign=banner_week#sthash.znMYXP8R.dpuf

AAPA Secretary-Treasurer Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna RMT®, DFAAPA. – See more at: http://www.aapa.org/twocolumn.aspx?id=2959&utm_source=web&utm_medium=hero_story&utm_campaign=banner_week#sthash.znMYXP8R.dpuf
The NYT article quotes AAPA Secretary-Treasurer Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna RMT®, DFAAPA – See more at: http://www.aapa.org/twocolumn.aspx?id=2959&utm_source=web&utm_medium=hero_story&utm_campaign=banner_week#sthash.znMYXP8R.dpuf