International Journal of Exercise Science 6(1) : 1-8, 2013. With physician shortages looming ominously on the horizon, healthcare systems across the globe are awaiting a surge of eager young doctors to enter the field. Much to the dismay of these systems, it does not appear that there will be a collective sigh of relief in the coming years. Fortunately there still remains a promising position to fill the gaps and potentially overcome the growing inundation of patients, shortage of general practice physicians, and ever growing underserved rural populations: the position of physician assistant (PA). Through this review, the evolution of the PA position will be discussed from the perspective of healthcare systems in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Further, an outline of the educational requirements, projected student debt-to-income ratios, and position availability will be touched upon.
Gerrie, Brayden J. and Holbrook, Elizabeth A.
"The Evolutionary Role of Physician Assistants across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 6
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