A Physician Assistant (PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional who is trained in a format similar to physicians. The role of the PA was first implemented to help alleviate a shortage of primary care physicians. PA’s have been assisting physicians, since 1967. Today, there are over 200 nationally accredited PA programs. After receiving their bachelor’s degree, PA’s complete both classroom and supervised clinical work for an additional 28 months.
Physicians who use this model can see more new patients, work-up complicated cases, perform surgeries, and take call while ensuring their clinics run efficiently for routine follow-ups and acute care issues. In addition, a physician who employs a PA can ensure that their patients can receive more timely access to care.