Geriatric Workforce Shortage Creates Opportunities for PAs

Clinical Advisor (05/23/2018) Aghjayan, Rita

A report presented at the American Academy of Physician Assistants' (AAPA) 2018 conference suggests that PAs can help fill the health care workforce shortage in geriatrics. "PA educators should structure curriculum and clinical experiences to prepare students for opportunities in geriatrics," the study authors report. "Practicing PAs, regardless of medical specialty, should seek lifelong learning opportunities to deepen their medical knowledge to be prepared to provide optimal care for the geriatric population." The study, from Florida State University College of Medicine's School of Physician Assistant Practice in Tallahassee, examined data from the AAPA national survey as well as the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants to understand how many PAs work in the field of geriatrics. According to their findings, 85 PAs had a primary specialty and 204 PAs had a secondary specialty in geriatrics in 2015. PAs who self-reported working in a primary setting often worked in extended care facilities, nursing homes, physician offices or clinics, and rehabilitation centers.

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