During the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ National PA Week, Oct. 6-12, Kingman Regional Medical Center recognizes the important contributions PAs (physician assistants) make as valued members of our patient care team. PAs are vital to the quality care we provide. Including PAs in a patient care team maximizes positive health outcomes and enables us to provide the best care to our patients.
“Our healthcare system is focused on increasing access to quality care, and PAs play a big part in that effort. Because PAs practice medicine in every specialty, every setting, and every state, they can help bring care to millions of patients who need it,” said Scott Kern, KRMC’s Physician Liaison.
The PA profession has grown 36 percent between 2009 and 2014. Studies have shown that healthcare teams that include PAs have lower readmission rates for everything from postoperative care to cancer treatments. During PA Week, KRMC is proud to celebrate our PAs and their contributions to the health of the patients they serve. PAs practice in every medical and surgical specialty from pediatric neurosurgery to oncology to primary care, performing the following healthcare duties and more:
- Conduct physical exams
- Diagnose and treat illnesses
- Order and interpret tests
- Write prescriptions
- Perform medical procedures
- First assist in surgery
PAs complete intense graduate-level programs that average 27 months and require the same prerequisite courses as medical schools. Their education includes at least 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in every major specialty, from family medicine to general surgery to emergency medicine.
For more information about PA Week or to learn more about this dynamic profession visit PAweek.com.