"PAs were named as one of three primary care providers in the Affordable Care Act alongside physicians and nurse practioners. The contributions PAs make to the healthcare team are invaluable and cannot be overlooked," says Physician Assistant Studies Chair Lawrence Herman, RPA-C in "10 Questions" on MedPage Today. "We can't meet America's healthcare needs unless every member of the team is authorized to provide care to the fullest extent of their license."
Herman, president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, also says the biggest barrier to practicing medicine today is the system that "incentivizes us to see as many patients and do as many procedures as we can," rather than spending time with patients and working to avoid procedures or hospital visits.
He also advises PAs to "find your passion and stick with it," but he notes that PAs also have the ability to switch specialties if they discover they're not as interested as they once were. "PAs are trained as generalists and we're in high demand," Herman says. "That's not going to change anytime soon."