Physician Assistants Moving Into Specialties Amid Doctor Shortage

From Forbes:

Physician assistants, often considered primary care professionals, are entering more specialty fields including surgery and emergency medicine amid a nationwide doctor shortage, according to a new report.

More than 70 percent of physician assistants now work in “non-primary care specialties,” according to the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in its annual profile of the PA profession.

“A key reason for the growth in specialties such as surgery and emergency medicine is that’s where there’s a real need, often due to physician shortages in those areas,” says Dawn Morton-Rias, a physician assistant and chief executive of the commission (NCCPA).

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