October 6-12 is National PA Week.
Wapiti celebrates physician assistants and recognizes the important contributions they make to the nation’s health.
This week also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness and visibility of the profession. Physician Assistants receive thousands of hours of medical training and are skilled in diagnosing illness, developing/managing treatment plans, prescribing medications, and serving as the principal healthcare provider for numerous patients. (Data from AAPA.org.
) Facts about Physician Assistants
Physician Assistant Schooling and Licensing
- The PA profession was established in 1967
- There are currently 123,000 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
- 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, and we recognize the value they bring to the medical community.
Wapiti celebrates PAs today and every day!
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