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    Physician Assistants: A Closer Look

    Posted by Tory Jones on Jun 18, 2014 3:28:16 PM

    An article found on takes a deep look into the profession of Taking care of the youngPhysician Assistants, with insight from Kristine Healy, a family medicine PA of 35 years.

    Healy, explaining her drive to become a PA said, "It really sang to me, I like working with people. I want to help people make better choices (to improve their heath). You can't do that in a lab."

    Healy also highlights flexibility as being one of the benefits of working as a PA, "I'm a family medicine PA, however, my national certification and state licensure permit me to work within the scope of practice of the specialty of my supervising physician. ... I could work in another specialty. The model is very adaptable." ranked Physician Assistant Studies the number 1 best master’s degree for jobs. The article which can be found here, declared, “The growing demand for [physician assistants] and the promise of fat paychecks put physician assistant degrees at the top of the heap."

    A career as a physician assistant is attractive because while it offers a relatively fast path to practicing medicine, the compensation is high, and you are able to interact with patients on a close level. Additionally, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the number of PAs to grow 38 % through 2022.

    Are you an aspiring or practicing PA? The following Jones & Bartlett Learning titles are exactly what you need to take your career to the next step. Click each resource for more details or visit our website for a complete list of our physician assistant resources.

    weissThe Interprofessional Health Care Team: Leadership and Development

    The ability to work on teams and collaborate across disciplines is vital to physician assistants. This textbook introduces multidisciplinary collaboration in three modules: Teamwork and Group Development, Leadership in Interdisciplinary Groups, and Building Sustainable, Collaborative Culture.


    kauffmanHistory and Physical Examination: A Common Sense Approach
    Building a solid foundation in clinical history taking and “head-to-toe” clinical examinations has never been easier. With full color illustrations, patient photographs, and video examples this resource will not only prepare students for practical boards, but will allow them to deliver humanistic care in real-world patient encounters.


    paulkPhysician Assistant Review Guide & JB TestPrep

    Begin the task of studying for the Physician Assistant National Certification or Re-certification Exam by concentrating on the subject areas where you need the most help.

    The Review Guide extensively covers every topic PAs need to know including, cardiology, dermatology, emergency medicine infectious diseases, pediatrics and more.

    JB TestPrep includes over 1,000 questions on key topics and allows you to build your own practice exam.

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