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Career advancement job availability Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average as health care establishments increasingly use physician assistants to contain costs Job availability for PAs should be good, particularly in rural and inner city clinics, as these settings typically have difficulty attracting physicians. Employment of physician assistants is expected to grow 27 percent from 2006 to 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations Besides working in traditional office-based settings, PAs should find a growing number of jobs in institutional settings such as hospitals, academic medical centers, public clinics, and prisons degree/diploma Physician assistants are educated in intensive medical programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The average PA program curriculum runs approximately 26 months. There are approximately 140 accredited programs. All PA programs must meet the same ARC-PA
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Unformatted text preview: standards. Because of the close working relationship PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in a medical model designed to complement physician training. PA students are taught, as are medical students, to diagnose and treat medical problems. Education consists of classroom and laboratory instruction in the basic medical and behavioral sciences (such as anatomy, pharmacology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and physical diagnosis), followed by clinical rotations in internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, and geriatric medicine. A PA's education doesn't stop after graduation, though. PAs are required to take ongoing continuing medical education classes and be retested on their clinical skills on a regular basis. A number of postgraduate PA programs have also been established to provide practicing PAs with advanced education in medical specialties. job satisfaction...
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2011 for the course ECON 2301 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at HCCS.

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