October 6-12 is National PA Week. Wapiti celebrates Physician Assistants and recognizes the important contributions they make to the nation’s health!
Physician Assistants receive thousands of hours of medical training and are academically and clinically prepared medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider.
PAs are frequently the first point of contact for many patients and play a vital role in helping patients understand their medical needs and empower them to become effective advocates for their own health. PAs are valuable asset to the medical team and enhance the delivery of high-quality healthcare for patients, often in medically underserved and rural areas
Facts about Physician Assistants (Data from AAPA.org.)
- The PA profession was established in 1967. That year, there were just four practicing PAs in the U.S.
- There are now approximately 150,000 practicing PAs in the U.S. with more than 400 million patient interactions per year
- PAs practice in every healthcare setting including hospitals, clinics, urgent care centers, and schools/universities
Physician Assistant Schooling and Licensing
- PAs are educated at a master’s degree level with PA programs lasting 27 months or 3 academic years (bachelor’s degree is required for acceptance)
- PAs must complete 2,000 hours of clinical rotations during their schooling as well as 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every 2 years
- PAs must pass an initial certification exam as well as a recertification exam every 10 years
At Wapiti, we believe in our PAs and are proud of the hard work they do. We recognize the value they bring to the medical community.
Thank you, Physician Assistants, for all that you do!
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