Announcement of Public Workshop, "Examining Health Care Competition" ("Health Care Workshop") Project No. P13-1207 #00053

Submission Number:
00053
Commenter:
Eric Holden
State:
Oregon
Initiative Name:
Announcement of Public Workshop, "Examining Health Care Competition" ("Health Care Workshop") Project No. P13-1207
I would ask that the FTC consider PAs as well as NPs in their discussion of workforce issues. PAs attend a rigorous & accelerated graduate level program averaging 27 months in length after a 4 year science based BS degree and an average of 4 years of prior medical experience. In PA school students do the equivalent of 2/3rds of medical school in 1/2 the time. We have a minimum of 2000 hours of clinical rotations through multiple specialties, equivalent in every way to the third year of medical school. At schools which have both PAs and MDs, the students are scheduled interchangeably for rotations.PAs can serve as primary care providers and work in all specialties.PAs frequently staff inner city and rural facilities without an MD on site. Every consideration given to NPs in the future should also be extended to PAs. Thank you- Eric Holden Emergency Med. PA & Paramedic Doctoral Candidate, Global Health