With the rapidly increasing aging population, the recently passed Affordable Care Act adding more than 30 million new patients to the health care system, and the Association of American Medical Colleges predicting a shortage of 90,000 doctors by 2020, physician assistants (PA) have never been in greater demand. According to Smart Money from The Wall Street Journal,
"There are now more than 100,000 certified physician assistants in the U.S., up 34% since 2008, and while the employment prospects for most fields remain bleak, the Department of Labor forecasts the number of physician assistant jobs will grow another 30% by 2020."
While physician assistants do not go to medical school, they are still able to fulfill approximately 80% of a doctor's role, including prescribing medicine in all 50 states, running medical practices when the supervising doctor is away, and assisting in performing endoscopies and heart surgery. In addition, system changes including new regulations limiting the hours that medical residents can work have made PAs a highly coveted career path.
As a result, applications to PA programs increased more than 10% in 2011. According to U.S. News & World Report, the largest and highest ranking physician assistant program in the U.S. at Duke University received more than 1,200 applicants for 84 available places this fall, making their 7% admission rate comparable to many medical schools. Another appealing factor drawing students to careers as physician assistants is the reduced tuition debt, with PA students able to complete their programs in two years instead of the four years necessary to complete medical programs. In fact, a recent Yale University study suggested that physician assistant training might produce greater financial gains for women.
To help meet the growing need for high-quality physician assistant learning solutions, Jones & Bartlett Learning has developed esteemed resources to help PA students prepare for successful certification and practice.
Designed specifically to help PAs prepare for the Physician Assistant National Certifying (PANCE) or Re-certifying exam (PANRE), Physician Assistant Review Guide & JB TestPrep: Physician Assistant Review by David Paulk and Donna Agnew features:
- Key topics such as cardiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, neurology, oncology, pediatrics, and women's health
- Test-taking strategies and comprehensive answer rationales
- More than 1,000 questions, over 200 detailed illustrations and photographs, practice and final exams, and detailed feedback
The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants by Randy Danielsen, Ruth Ballweg, Linda Vorvick, and Donald Sefcik is ideal for clinical preceptors of PA students during their educational program and physicians who supervise PAs in their practice. With the 100 years of combined author experience, the text:
- Addresses current practice as well as future projections
- Provides guidance for new styles of supervision in evolving health care systems, including distance supervision, supervision in teams, and patterns of supervision in home care and geriatrics
- Covers a wide-variety of topics including supervision in the team environment as well as in individual practice
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