Announcement of Public Workshop, "Examining Health Care Competition" ("Health Care Workshop") Project No. P13-1207 #00072

Submission Number:
00072
Commenter:
Eric Smith
State:
Florida
Initiative Name:
Announcement of Public Workshop, "Examining Health Care Competition" ("Health Care Workshop") Project No. P13-1207
During your workshop, please keep Physician Assistants (PAs) in mind. PAs are educated through intense, graduate (Masters) level medical programs wherein we are trained to diagnose, treat and prescribe. We are often trained right alongside physicians in medical schools, academic medical centers and residencies. These programs, found in places like Duke, Stanford and Yale Universities, are modeled on the medical school curriculum with a combination of classroom instruction and a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical rotations. PAs are expected to learn everything a physician must learn didactically. We are nationally certified and licensed in all 50 states. There are more than 95,000 PAs in the workforce today, increasing access to high-quality healthcare. More than 7,000 PAs graduate from 181 accredited programs each year. We stand prepared to help meet the needs of the under served and the demands of the health care provider shortage in our nation!