The PA profession is truly one of the most vital in all of healthcare. It was created by physicians who saw a gap that needed to be filled for optimal health management. Despite the origin of their role, PAs are often marginalized or met with resistance. This opposition comes not from patients, but from the very doctors they assist.
I recently read a very insightful article on the Physician’s Practice website that pointed out the following 10 important facts about PAs.
1. PAs are not medical school rejects.
2. PAs are trained in the medical model
3. PAs do not want your job.
4. PAs will not open an independent practice.
5. PAs do not always require on-site supervision.
6. PAs meet rigorous certification and certification maintenance standards.
7. PAs are held to the same standard of care as physicians.
8. PAs boost patient satisfaction.
9. PAs do specialize.
10. PAs are necessary in today’s environment.
What that tells us is that PAs are highly educated and trained specialists that seek out their profession and are not a threat to doctors. In fact, their role is to assist doctors at a very high level of competency. What’s not the love, right? Especially if you find the right healthcare staffer.
In the end, the various roles in healthcare are in place to ensure the well being of the patients. When physician/PA teams are in the place, patients generally have better access to care and follow up. Understandably, PAs can spend more time with patients, which not only increases patient satisfaction, but it also helps to prep doctors for follow-up visits.
In today’s environment, PAs are instrumental in healthcare. The current nursing shortage could very well be replaced by a shortage of doctor’s. A team-based approach will effectively extend the physician’s reach.