Alex Marshall

P.Ramos

Eng. 101

20 March 2017

PA’ s to The Rescue

            There are so many great reasons on why Physician Assistants (PAs) are needed in the medical field. Their duties could range from anywhere from helping one stay alive when one come into the Emergency room (ER), to prescribing drugs that patients need. The programs to become a PA usually takes around two to three years, which means the road to becoming a PA is much shorter than becoming a doctor; also PAs can start making six figures way faster than doctors. Physician Assistants are an important piece in the medical field, due to their high-level education and their dedication to helping people when they are in need.

PAs started working in the 1960s (Zeckhauser). The reasoning for the PA at that time was to get more people in the medical field. How they did that is the government created a program that took people four to five years shorter and have a close to the same pay as a doctor. Back when the program had begun they acquired veterans who came home from the Vietnam War, doctors would train veterans to help them out with the overload of patients they had. It was much needed for the medical field at the time since there was a shortage of doctors. This is the reason why PAs are much needed in the field, there is a lack of doctors in this nation and they need someone else to come and do the job.

People find the schooling of becoming a PA much more appealing than becoming a doctor. To become a PA, one would have to get a master degree instead of going through the full Ph.D. program. In addition, the schools you need to get into will have a lower standard. One would need to have around a 3.3 GPA to get into a very high prestigious medical school. You go to a medical school once you finish up the bachelor degree in science field. The best part after the bachelor degree program is one is almost there. A student will only have to do 26.5 months of full time studying (Jones) to finally start his/hers career in the medical field. The average age of a starting PA is around twenty-seven years old, which is much better than thirty-three years old.

 medex   Hucherson predicts that PAs will have to do most of the world in the medical field in the near future. PAs have a wide range of duties they have to perform on a day to day basis, but it depends on what is desired to specialize in. If one is working in the ER, that person is in command what is going on and have to take the lead on most of the patients that walk or get carried through that door. Another popular field PAs specialize in is surgical procedures. In the surgery aspect, they have to open up the patient and make sure everything is ready for the surgeon to do his work. Something that the average person does not know is PAs can do a number of procedures without the help of a doctor.  In addition, one of the duties to becoming a PA is you have to write prescriptions to patients, but only a certain kind of drugs. PAs write prescriptions under the direction and supervision of a doctor. The only kind of drugs that they cannot write is painkillers, those are the only thing you need a doctor to write.

I Interviewed a PA that works in the ER. Smitt gave me the basic answers I needed to hear, but one thing I wanted to hear the most is if he liked his job. He gave me a very enthusiastic “yes”. Then I preceded to ask him about his education history. He started at a two year school because he did not know what he wanted to do in his life, he also said that changed when he took an anatomy course and fell in love. After his two year school, he went to University of Riverside (UCR) which he said was hard but he pushed through anyway. After UCR, he went to Loma Linda University, that he said was very difficult, he said it was difficult because he had to get a 80% in every class to graduate. But in the end, he said that he found something that he loved studying so hours would go by and he would not even realize it. Now that he works in the ER he says that the 12 hour shift just flies by. One of the things he said about this job is you have to stay awake and be on your toes, not one patient is the same they are all different. But he said if he ever had to do it again in this life he would.

As a result a PA is very high recognized position in the medical field. It is a stressful job but really rewarding when you can help save someone’s life. The total amount of schooling is about seven years but the years would fly by, and one would be starting out about 85 thousand a year. Physician Assistant are an important piece in the medical field, due to the high education they have and dedication to their job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works Cited

Hucherson , Linda. “Access to the complete full text This is a short preview of the document. Your library or institution may give you access to the complete full text for this document in ProQuest. Connect to ProQuest Once connected, you can view documents in full as well as cite, email or print them. You can also find other documents related to your research within ProQuest. The physician assistant: would the US model meet the needs of the NHS?” Http://search.proquest.com/openview/75f8f00d0cfb3b674dbca385a36370ea/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=2040978. N.p., n.d. Web.

Physician Assistant Education in the United States : Academic Medicine.” LWW. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2017.

Salary.com, Site Built by:. “California Physician Assistant – Medical Salaries.” Physician Assistant – Medical Salaries in California and by education, experience, Location and more – Salary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2017.

Smitt, Chirs Interview 14 march 2017

Zeckhauser, Richard . “The Productivity Potential of the Physician Assistant.” Jstor. N.p., 21 Jan. 2005. Web.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Bibliography

Salary.com, Site Built by:. “California Physician Assistant – Medical Salaries.” Physician Assistant – Medical Salaries in California and by education, experience, Location and more – Salary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2017.

The salary.com was an amazing source to use from. On the internet they get thousands of views a day of people trying to see the information they needed. The type of information that they give is salaries. They have a database that is full from all the different types of jobs in the U.S. Also something different is they have how much the people will be making in your city and around you. This was a great online source that I found.

 

Zeckhauser, Richard . “The Productivity Potential of the Physician Assistant.” Jstor. N.p., 21 Jan. 2005. Web.

This was one of my three source’s that I found on the databases. How I know that this was a very credit source is, it was written by a guy who has his Ph.D in medicine. What I got that was useful is the history of a PA. I would of never known that the bracket called PA started not so long ago in the 1960’s. I used what I learned from in my second paragraph to help me to introduce the background of the field.

 

Physician Assistant Education in the United States : Academic Medicine.” LWW. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2017.

I used this source to see how long the schooling was to get the PA degree. This was an online source that I used. The reason why I picked this one is it was very high accredit since it had all the major medicals schools listed. With that list you would be able to see how long each school took to complete, also see just about how much it would of costed.

 

Hucherson , Linda. “Access to the complete full text This is a short preview of the document. Your library or institution may give you access to the complete full text for this document in ProQuest. Connect to ProQuest Once connected, you can view documents in full as well as cite, email or print them. You can also find other documents related to your research within ProQuest. The physician assistant: would the US model meet the needs of the NHS?” Http://search.proquest.com/openview/75f8f00d0cfb3b674dbca385a36370ea/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=2040978. N.p., n.d. Web.

I used Hucherson because she is a very high accredit doctor where she lives. She gave me a lot of information about becoming a PA. But there was only one that stuck out in my mind. What stuck out to me the most is she said that the PA’s will be the future of medicine. She said that because she saw how hard it was to become a doctor and notice that there was a very low number of people actually graduating for med school. Then she saw how much a PA can do.

 

smitt, chirs Interview 14 march 2017

I was at the hospital with my mom when I ran into this guy, he was a very nice guy who has been working as a PA for 3 years. It was kinda weird walking up to him but when I asked him if I could ask him some questions about becoming a PA he stopped and sat down to talk to me. I wanted to interview someone because they are the ones in the field doing the work and really wanted to see what he said.

An apostrophe is used for possession. An “s” is used to show more than one. So, are you trying to show PA’s as in they possess something or PAs showing more than one?