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Featured Article on Utilization of PAs in Disaster Response

Monday, February 2, 2015  
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January 28, AAPA Medical Watch


The PA profession has been a significant contributor to the healthcare system for 50 years. Disaster medicine is one of the many areas of medicine in which PAs practice. The military corpsmen trained as the first PAs came from a background of trauma and disaster, so the profession's current participation should not seem surprising. But the path has not always been clear and some would say it still is not.

Many advances in the educational curricula of PAs have occurred, along with a slow but steady expansion in scope of practice. The profession has experienced significant growth and its ranks now exceed 90,000 certified PAs working in all areas of medicine. PAs have prescriptive rights in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This article discusses the utilization of the PA in disaster response and highlights possible future expansion of this role.

The full article is available on Advance Health Care Network’s website (link).