The Death of Solo Primary Care?

Posted By: Paul   |   PA vs MD   |   2 Comments

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that America is experiencing a health care crisis.  One of the bigger losses is the solo primary care physician.  My father was one, and it was clear when he died that his kind of work – getting to know patients by treating them for decades by yourself, had seen its golden age.  Today, the New York Times has a great article that explains why this has happened.  It also has an excellent video clip.

How does this affect PAs?  It gives us opportunity – there is great need for clinicians – but it also means that the typical primary care PA will practice in a group.  Not necessarily a bad thing if you expect it going in, but there are sacrifices that come with it.

Read the New York Times Article Here



  1. awilda December 19, 2015 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    my son just completed a massage therapy program and he did very well. He’s 22 and feels like he can go back to school to obtain an MD or PA degree. He has roughly 2 years of college under his belt can he apply for a two year PA program and are there any available.

    • Paul January 18, 2016 at 10:48 am - Reply

      PA programs are usually about 2 years. Some are three, and some are in between. He can apply, but I think he will need more health care experience. Massage therapy isn’t usually given as much credit or patient contact as other jobs. Sounds strange, but it’s true. He might consider getting experience as an EMT, CNA, or medical assistant. It also depends on his grades. He should review the academic requirements and make sure that he took all the necessary prerequisite courses. It differs from school to school, but most require general biology, general chemistry, microbiology, anatomy, and physiology.

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