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Patients comfortable with PAs and NPs initiating opiate replacement therapy

Patients comfortable with PAs and NPs initiating opiate replacement therapy

A survey found that 95.16% of participants were confident in the ability of a PA or an NP to provide opiate replacement therapy.

Case study: Recurrent deep vein thrombosis in thoracic outlet syndrome

Case study: Recurrent deep vein thrombosis in thoracic outlet syndrome

A 53-year-old woman presents to the emergency room for right upper extremity deep vein thrombosis after rib resection and subclavian vein stent placement.

How effective are prescription drug pictograms?

How effective are prescription drug pictograms?

Many patients cannot identify the meaning of prescription drug pictograms.

AAPA 2017 kicks off in Las Vegas

AAPA 2017 kicks off in Las Vegas

AAPA 2017 invites you to go Beyond CME by engaging in live programs and workshops that will help take your career to the next level.

Canadian physician assistants: A new profession with new educational insight

Canadian physician assistants: A new profession with new educational insight

Canada's educational training programs are some of the most innovative in the world and use techniques that promote the skills that future clinicians need.

Incorporating physician assistants and nurse practitioners in private practice

Incorporating physician assistants and nurse practitioners in private practice

Adding another healthcare provider to the practice schedule creates additional access for the patient.

The future of PA practice authority

The future of PA practice authority

The AAPA is moving forward with its push to eliminate the formal relationship between physicians and PAs.

Starting a physician assistant program in Liberia

Starting a physician assistant program in Liberia

Steve Trexler, an American PA with over 30 years of experience, discusses the development of a physician assistant program in Liberia.

NCCPA survey results show PA certification continues to increase

NCCPA survey results show PA certification continues to increase

The biggest challenges for recently certified PAs are the lack of clinical PA opportunities for recent graduates and the lack of clinical PA opportunities in a geographic area.

National PA Week 2016 honors the profession's growing influence

National PA Week 2016 honors the profession's growing influence

The AAPA celebrates National PA Week from October 6-12, 2016.

Advances for PAs practicing addiction medicine

Advances for PAs practicing addiction medicine

Both PAs and NPs who practice addiction medicine have seen progress made in 2016 to increase practice authority.

PAs, NPs more likely to staff critical access hospitals in rural locations

PAs, NPs more likely to staff critical access hospitals in rural locations

Geographically remote emergency departments are more likely to be staffed by physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

PCPs not addressing psychosocial issues in geriatric care

PCPs not addressing psychosocial issues in geriatric care

Many geriatric patients expressed dissatisfaction with patient/provider discussions regarding psychosocial issues.

PAs commonly provide health care to family members

PAs commonly provide health care to family members

Physician assistants routinely provide health care, including physical examinations, to members of their family.

Delayed immunizations, breastfeeding over age 1 may increase risk for caries

Delayed immunizations, breastfeeding over age 1 may increase risk for caries

Researchers identify new risk factors for caries in young children.

Health status, expense discourage medication adherence among under-, uninsured patients

Health status, expense discourage medication adherence among under-, uninsured patients

Patients who rated their overall health status as "good" were more likely to report better adherence to prescribed medications.

Short-term STICU patients often admitted for brief ventilator management

Short-term STICU patients often admitted for brief ventilator management

Almost one-quarter of patients admitted to the STICU short term are there for <4 hours of ventilator management.

AAPA House of Delegates opposes proposed NCCPA recertification requirements

AAPA House of Delegates opposes proposed NCCPA recertification requirements

The House of Delegates voted to pass a board resolution to reject proposed changes by the NCCPA to the PA recertification process.

HPV education key in college populations

HPV education key in college populations

College-aged students may benefit from continued education regarding the spread of HPV, especially oral transmission

PAs lack reliable information on e-cigarettes

PAs lack reliable information on e-cigarettes

While most PAs believe that e-cigarettes are harmful to health, they need more reliable information to help inform clinical decisions.

Split clinic model allows independent PA care, improves patient visits

Split clinic model allows independent PA care, improves patient visits

PAs practicing in split clinic models function independently of a supervising physician, delivering high-quality patient care.

PA malpractice case rates slightly increasing

PA malpractice case rates slightly increasing

From 2005 to 2014, there has been a slight increase in the rate of malpractice cases among PAs.

Comparing the return on investment of advanced practice medical degrees in PAs vs NPs

Comparing the return on investment of advanced practice medical degrees in PAs vs NPs

By retirement, PAs will have a considerable return on their educational investment.

PAs power up at AAPA 2016 in San Antonio

PAs power up at AAPA 2016 in San Antonio

The 5-day event aims to "Power Up!" the clinical skills, networks, and careers of practicing PAs and PA students.

Florida bill poised to grant NPs, PAs controlled substance prescribing authority

Florida bill poised to grant NPs, PAs controlled substance prescribing authority

If signed, the bill would authorize Florida NPs and PAs to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances.

What changes are in store for PA recertification?

What changes are in store for PA recertification?

As the PA profession continues to grow, the NCCPA looks to the future with new recertification guidelines.

Comparing COPD outcomes for patients treated by NPs/PAs versus physicians

Comparing COPD outcomes for patients treated by NPs/PAs versus physicians

Some variance is observed in outcomes for patients with COPD who are treated by NPs or PAs versus those treated by physicians.

Who calls the shots about a physician assistant title change?

Who calls the shots about a physician assistant title change?

The AAPA has again proposed calling physician assistants PAs despite pushback from the House of Delegates.

In the wake of the Ebola crisis, PAs in Liberia face professional challenges

In the wake of the Ebola crisis, PAs in Liberia face professional challenges

Physician assistants in Liberia have played a key role in their country's health care during times of crisis, but they still face professional challenges.

House calls from PAs reduce hospital readmissions after cardiac surgery

House calls from PAs reduce hospital readmissions after cardiac surgery

After adult cardiac surgery, patients are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital if they receive house calls from PAs.

Wanted: Collaboration between the AAPA's gun control advocates and gun-savvy PAs

Wanted: Collaboration between the AAPA's gun control advocates and gun-savvy PAs

In the wake of mass shootings, the issue of gun control continues to divide the AAPA House of Delegates regarding the organization's policies.

Patients with RA display lower disease activity at NP, PA-staffed practices

Patients with RA display lower disease activity at NP, PA-staffed practices

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are treated at practices with NPs and PAs exhibited lower disease activity over 2 years.

PAs in India expanding from specialty areas to primary care

PAs in India expanding from specialty areas to primary care

Ebin Abraham, PA, explains how the Indian PA profession began in cardiology and is now starting to expand into primary care to help meet rural health needs.

Tarrytown, my Tarrytown: a trip to the New York State Society of PAs conference

Tarrytown, my Tarrytown: a trip to the New York State Society of PAs conference

The NYSSPA conference in Tarrytown, N.Y. offered several panels addressing racial health disparities in a quaint location.

National PA Week 2015 celebrates the profession's increasing demand

National PA Week 2015 celebrates the profession's increasing demand

Demand for physician assistants is on the rise, and the average salary for PAs has also increased.

No excuses: clinicians should never disrespect patients

No excuses: clinicians should never disrespect patients

Medical practitioners should always treat patients with respect, no matter how stressed or annoyed they are

Honoring the pioneers of the PA profession

Honoring the pioneers of the PA profession

As the PA profession continues to grow, new PAs should honor the dedication of the pioneers who came before them.

The graduate's guide to PA and NP job offers

The graduate's guide to PA and NP job offers

PAs and NPs often receive several job offers after graduation, but there is more to consider than just salary.

Physician assistants in Ohio benefit from new bill

Physician assistants in Ohio benefit from new bill

Physician-assistant-to-physician ratio in Ohio projected to increase to better meet patient needs due to passage of Senate Bill 110.

What's the difference between AAPA and MLA conferences?

What's the difference between AAPA and MLA conferences?

Despite the differences in professional foci, the AAPA and MLA conferences have several similarities.

Top 5 primary care physician assistant, nurse practitioner procedures

Top 5 primary care physician assistant, nurse practitioner procedures

Elucidating most commonly performed clinical procedures can better inform education and training.

How to get the most out of physician assistant clinical rotations

How to get the most out of physician assistant clinical rotations

Resources are available to supplement the general medicine knowledge physician assistants already have when starting clinical rotations.

Science course performance may predict PANCE success

Science course performance may predict PANCE success

Identifying factors that predict PANCE passage can improve physician assistant program quality and graduate success.

AAPA sets sights on hospice care, improving mentorship in 2015

AAPA sets sights on hospice care, improving mentorship in 2015

Passing HR 1202 will allow physician assistants to provide hospice care.

Clinical simulation useful in physician assistant education

Clinical simulation useful in physician assistant education

Widespread plans among programs to increase use of simulation suggest that faculty find it beneficial.

Defining physician assistant practice autonomy

Defining physician assistant practice autonomy

Practice autonomy increases with physician assistants' experience level and correlates with subspecialty.

Physician assistant programs face shortage of clinical rotation sites

Physician assistant programs face shortage of clinical rotation sites

As the number of physician assistant programs expands, the competition for rotation sites is expected to intensify.

Expanding physician assistant oral health curricula could help bridge gaps in care

Expanding physician assistant oral health curricula could help bridge gaps in care

Better integrating oral health into PA training has the potential to improve oral health outcomes.

Effectively advocating for full physician assistant practice authority

Effectively advocating for full physician assistant practice authority

Provide congressional representatives with clear, concise information to effectively advocate for expanded practice authority.

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners cite obstacles to achieving academic rank

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners cite obstacles to achieving academic rank

Strategies needed to make academic rank more attainable for physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

Awareness of physician assistant profession improving in 2015

Awareness of physician assistant profession improving in 2015

Advocacy and public awareness efforts in 2015 have helped spotlight the vital contributions physician assistants bring to the health care system.

AAPA Award winners play critical role in improving health care

AAPA Award winners play critical role in improving health care

Five physician assistants were lauded for their exemplary commitment to advancing the PA profession by the AAPA.

Team discussions may help reduce medical errors

Team discussions may help reduce medical errors

Determining what types of collaboration improve clinical outcomes key in structuring interprofessional education training programs.

Physician assistants are the answer 
to growing U.S. health needs

Physician assistants are the answer 
to growing U.S. health needs

Physician assistants can help fulfill this demand as the need for health care grows.

AAPA House of Delegates will shift power upwards

AAPA House of Delegates will shift power upwards

At the AAPA House of Delegates meeting, expect resolutions to give more power to upper levels in the organization.

Major depressive disorder: a guide for primary-care clinicians

Major depressive disorder: a guide for primary-care clinicians

Ruling out a physiological reason for symptoms is a good starting point for NPs and PAs caring for patients with a new psychiatric disorder.

Are sterile gloves necessary for minor procedures?

Are sterile gloves necessary for minor procedures?

The use of non-sterile gloves for minor procedures may haver a lower rate of infection compared with sterilized gloves.

What providers need to know about the Apple Watch

What providers need to know about the Apple Watch

Some companies and organizations see the potential of the Apple Watch as a useful device for clinicians in communication with patients and colleagues, plus quick access to patient records.

Inequality kills — but what can providers do about it?

Inequality kills — but what can providers do about it?

Medical education has failed to address the social causes that may interfere with patients' health.

Nightingale Tribute: Honoring departed nurses

Nightingale Tribute: Honoring departed nurses

The Nightingale Tribute is yet another inspiring component of the rich nursing traditions that physician assistants can learn from.

Helping patients understand their medical conditions

Helping patients understand their medical conditions

Have you ever wondered how many patients leave your care not understanding a word you said?

Cancer prehabilitation: moving from primary care to oncology

Cancer prehabilitation: moving from primary care to oncology

NPs and PAs involved with oncology teams should support multimodal prehabilitation for cancer patients to help ease the transition to oncology.

The use of suction in abscess draining

The use of suction in abscess draining

Using suction to drain abscesses resulted in a few lessons learned.

Work-life balance is crucial

Work-life balance is crucial

Although providers do not have a typical nine-to-five jobs that end when the shift does, it's important to find time to de-stress with enjoyable hobbies.

Full practice nurse practitioners linked to improved health outcomes

Full practice nurse practitioners linked to improved health outcomes

Despite a predicted shortage of primary-care providers, some states do not allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training.

What keeps clinicians motivated?

What keeps clinicians motivated?

In order to stay motivated and avoid burnout, some clinicians find inspiration in their patients.

All patients are equal, and we need to treat them that way

All patients are equal, and we need to treat them that way

Focusing on physician assistant salary may be contributing to a decrease in compassion for under-served patients.

Recent graduate's guide to handling the specialist on call

Recent graduate's guide to handling the specialist on call

For a newly graduated physician assistant, learning to work with specialists on call is an important skill to learn.

Postoperative pain control unsafe at any speed

Postoperative pain control unsafe at any speed

Health-care providers need to focus on how to help patients undergoing major surgery effectively manage their pain.

What happens when a patient reports a near-death experience?

What happens when a patient reports a near-death experience?

Although near-death experiences have been studied, little concrete evidence is available for the clinician.

Don't fumble the patient hand-off

Don't fumble the patient hand-off

Although technology might have weakened the idea that verbal patient hand-offs are important, such exchanges remain key to patient care.

Clinical officers meet Rwanda's health needs after genocide

Clinical officers meet Rwanda's health needs after genocide

Emmy Bushaija, a clinical officer educator, is training the next generation of health-care providers in Rwanda.

Ugly battle in the California Academy of Physician Assistants needs mediation

Ugly battle in the California Academy of Physician Assistants needs mediation

Problems within the California Academy of Physician Assistants and the state's PAs has escalated to such a degree that it impacts all PAs.

Recommitting to universal precautions in the Ebola era

Recommitting to universal precautions in the Ebola era


Reviewing precautions for blood and body fluids will help protect both healthcare workers and the public.

Try these five tips for avoiding burnout

Try these five tips for avoiding burnout

Prevention of burnout is the key to avoiding its harmful consequences.

Twitter feeds every NP/PA should follow

Twitter feeds every NP/PA should follow

Twitter can help NPs and PAs stay up-to-date on the latest news, policies, and research in their fields.

Try absorbable sutures for facial lacerations

Try absorbable sutures for facial lacerations

Absorbable sutures take the guesswork out of when to remove sutures while saving the patient time and money.

Inequality, racial/LGBT discrimination issues are not things to ignore

Inequality, racial/LGBT discrimination issues are not things to ignore

To what extent do medical providers need to be willing to discuss the inequalities in the medical system and their impact on patient health?

Handling my first 'real-world' medical situation as a physician assisant

Handling my first 'real-world' medical situation as a physician assisant

You can never predict when your first medical emergency may occur or who may be around to help.

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners recognized at PainWeek 2014

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners recognized at PainWeek 2014

PainWeek 2014 featured its first ever PA- and NP- centered tracks, which included talks on pain management and medical errors.

Being a physician assistant in the 'boomerang generation'

Being a physician assistant in the 'boomerang generation'

After assessing the costs of student loan bills and rent or a mortgage, physician assistant Jillian Knowles opted to "boomerang" back to her parents' house.

Clinical associates bridge health disparities in South Africa

Clinical associates bridge health disparities in South Africa

American physician assistant and nurse practitioner programs could benefit from hands-on learning style of their South African counterparts. Shabalala Ayanda a clinical associate student at Walter Sisulu University discusses her experiences.

Gaining medical experience before physician assistant school

Gaining medical experience before physician assistant school

Spending two years as a medical assistant helps practitioners learn the ins-and-outs of medical practice.

Are PAs and NPs undergoing enough dermatologic training?

Are PAs and NPs undergoing enough dermatologic training?

NPs and PAs are independently performing 2.6 million dermatologic procedures in the United States.

A physician assistant conference, the Florida way

A physician assistant conference, the Florida way

The Florida Academy of Physician Assistants' annual meeting provided general assembly members with the opportunity to speak with leadership about prescribing law.

Honoring a fallen solider and son

Honoring a fallen solider and son

A veteran in a hospice unit finally was presented with the American flag to honor his son, a deceased Vietnam veteran.

NPs, PAs fill gaps in rheumatology care

NPs, PAs fill gaps in rheumatology care

An increasing number of rheumatology NPs, PAs could enhance access to care.

IOM: GME funding system needs an overhaul

IOM: GME funding system needs an overhaul

Medicare should continue to support graduate medical education, contingent on value.

Working within the close-knit PA community

Working within the close-knit PA community

You never know who may be responsible for your next rotation, or your next job.

Tips for surviving your first PA job out of school

Tips for surviving your first PA job out of school

Asking for help, being kind to everyone, and keeping the patient informed are just three lessons learned after a first year as a PA.

Why was the AAPA MIA on recent SCOTUS decision?

Why was the AAPA MIA on recent SCOTUS decision?

The AAPA has been notably absent in discussing politically-charged health care issues.

Ortho-trained PAs shorten hospital stays

Ortho-trained PAs shorten hospital stays

Introducing a single full-time orthopedic trained PA in the hospital setting benefited patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty.

PAs, NPs shoulder bulk of blood/marrow transplant patient care

PAs, NPs shoulder bulk of blood/marrow transplant patient care

Advanced practice practitioners covered the majority of direct, first-line care at four Seattle facilities.

Many PAs noncompliant with HIV screening recs

Many PAs noncompliant with HIV screening recs

Since 2006, the CDC has recommended all patients aged 13 to 64 years be screened for HIV regardless of risk factors.

Tips for negotiating a healthy PA contract

Tips for negotiating a healthy PA contract

These simple tricks can help clinicians start their career on the right foot.

PA Experts explain how to avoid malpractice

PA Experts explain how to avoid malpractice

Although PAs are less likely to be sued than physicians, they still need to be cautious when it comes to avoiding malpractice suits.

Physicians often underestimate PA education

Physicians often underestimate PA education

Misconceptions about PAs highlight the need to educate physicians about PAs' roles in primary-care practice.

Patients need 'pit crews, not cowboys'

Patients need 'pit crews, not cowboys'

Distinguished surgeon Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, saluted physician assistants during the opening session at the AAPA 2014 meeting.

Denni Woodmansee honored with 2014 PAragon President's Award

Denni Woodmansee honored with 2014 PAragon President's Award

Advocacy efforts at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs led to more autonomy for physician assistants.

Kim Zuber wins 2014 PAragon Outstanding PA award

Kim Zuber wins 2014 PAragon Outstanding PA award

Her advocacy efforts have helped earn physician assistants specializing in nephrology reimbursement at 100% of the Medicare rate.

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