What Can Certified PAs Do and How Do They Make a Difference?

Because they are educated and certified in general medicine, Certified PAs in any specialty are able to evaluate the whole patient, and often fulfill a key role in early detection and prevention. They counsel patients on their conditions, prognosis and treatment plans.


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PAs in Education

Medicine is complex and constantly changing. The PA educational program is a rigorous course of study – and it’s only the beginning of a lifelong commitment to active and continuous learning. Many Certified PAs are making a difference by educating others at every stage of the PA career.

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PAs in Hospitals

Hospitalized patients are often at their most vulnerable. They need high quality, compassionate care delivered by health care providers who make sure they understand all that is happening to and for them. Certified PAs deliver that care at hospitals large and small in rural areas, inner cities and all points in between. From the ER to the surgical suite to the ICU: Certified PAs are making a positive difference for patients and improving the delivery of care.

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PAs in Leadership

PAs and others on the front lines of health care rely upon critical support systems that ensure they have the information, equipment and ongoing training they need to succeed. Some Certified PAs have assumed leadership positions where they are making a difference at institutional and system-wide levels.

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PAs in Military

Certified PAs practice in every branch of the uniformed services, delivering care to their fellow military personnel in peacetime and in warzones. These PAs are critical to the health of the U.S. military, making a difference in the lives of their fellow patriots.

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PAs in Non-Profits

Health care providers are frequently faced with needs that are greater than their ability to serve on an individual level. That has inspired some Certified PAs to form or join not-for-profit organizations to expand their reach and make a difference for communities at home and around the world.

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PAs in Office Practices and Clinics

Certified PAs practice in medical and surgical practices of all types and sizes in communities throughout the U.S. In the most advanced multispecialty practices and in the humblest of free clinics, Certified PAs are making a difference every day.

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PAs in Surgery

Approximately 20,000 Certified PAs work in surgery and surgical subspecialties, providing vital care before, during and after surgery. They improve outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and often help shorten and reduce the number of hospitalizations. Now that’s making a difference!

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PAs in Underserved Populations

Throughout the 50-year history of the PA profession, Certified PAs have answered the call of populations whose health care needs were going unmet. Those groups are often in remote areas but can sometimes be found within our largest urban centers. The Certified PAs serving them make a tremendous difference in those communities.

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