Author: Cawley, J.


The Current Status of Physician Assistants

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Career Flexibility of Physician Assistants and the Potential for More Primary Care

In part because of their core generalist education, physician assistants can change clinical specialties over the course of their work life. This is known as career flexibility. Using medical care providers who can adapt quickly to new opportunities could help alleviate medical workforce shortages in primary care. We studied annual surveys undertaken by the American […]

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Looking into Tomorrow. Health Workforce Issues Confronting Physician Assistants

An important issue facing the physician assistant (PA) profession is how it can achieve a balance between supply of, and demand for, the services that PAs provide in the health workforce of the future. Recently, there has been debate and discussion about the implications of the recent expansion of the supply of PAs. In this […]

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The Profession in 2002 and Beyond

Although a period of extraordinary growth in the number and utilization of physician assistants (PAs) appears to be stabilizing, the forces that shaped the profession during its years of integration and acceptance are yielding to a new set of demographic, educational, and practice realities. This article reviews the factors that have brought PAs to their […]

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