Hello everybody! Welcome to the blog. I am so excited to begin this chapter, learn, educate and use our skills to help the beautiful prospective PA students out there. Indeed, this is a great time to be a Physician Assistant (Associate)! But, before I get there, what even is a PA?
For the history buffs, read this paragraph. Others, move along, nothing to see here.
In circa 1950, after World War, the United States saw a massive influx of army personnel
returning back to the country. Dr. Eugene A Stead Jr, the father of the profession, wanted to give retired military personnel a job in the civilian society. Thus, he developed a fast track 3 year medical curriculum at Emory University for military service. This was the blueprint of the PA field. Subsequently, Dr. Stead in conjunction with a Registered Nurse, Thelma Ingles, proposed and created the first PA curriculum at Duke University in 1965. That class produced the first 3 PAs in the world. The snowball effect began and in 1971 was the first Bachelor’s program, in 1975 we had prescribing privileges (they were limited, but we had them), in 1990 first Master’s program and in 2008 first doctoral program, in 2016 named #1 Best Profession In the country, and here we are in 2018 after 50 years of strong foundation looking bright as ever. Phew.
If you want the formal definition, it is 'an autonomous healthcare provider who works in teams led by a physician to treat and diagnose medical illness. Autonomous. The scope of practice of a PA is what is delegated to them by the supervising physician, not prohibited by law, and what flows from their usual and customary work flow.' This mobility and freedom in practice is what truly sets the profession apart and gives it diversity.
In 50 years, the profession has grown exponentially and promises to continue that trend. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics: project # of PA jobs will increase by 39% between 2012 and 2022.That’s insane. At the same time, because the demand is high, so will be the supply, which means the pool will become more competitive than ever. Admission into PA school today has become fiercely competitive, with school admission rate of 4-5% and total applicants admitted of 27.35% (PAEA 2014).For comparison, Doctor of Osteopathy applicants are admitted at 37% (AACOMAS 2013).
We are passionate about this profession and we want need to show the prospective PA’s how cool this profession is. We want to help people get into PA schools, so they can graduate fresh in their white coats, and experience the versatile, rewarding profession that it is.