Job Opportunities and Incentives for Recently Certified Physician Assistants
AAPA ePoster library. Jeffrey C. 05/17/17; 180473; 9
Colette Jeffrey
Colette Jeffrey
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Research Question Are there differences in opportunities and incentives by specialty and geography for recently certified physician assistants? Additionally, this presentation will provide an overview of the results from 2015 Statistical Report of Recently Certified Physician Assistants. Methodology Since certifying the first physician assistants (PAs) in 1975, NCCPA has collected data on the PA profession as PAs completed various processes related to obtaining initial certification and then maintaining certification by earning and logging continuing medical education credits and passing recertification examinations. In May 2012, NCCPA's data gathering efforts were significantly enhanced with the launch of the PA Professional Profile. This data gathering instrument is presented to PAs through a secure portal within NCCPA's website. The Profile was launched with two modules: 'About Me' and 'My Practice.' In December 2012, NCCPA added a 'Recently Certified' module delivered online to PAs who have been certified (for the first time) for less than six months. In 2015, 77.7% of the recently certified PAs had responded to at least some portion of the survey. Results In 2015, 7,776 PAs became certified for the first time. 67.0% have accepted a clinical position as a PA and 76.1% of them had two or more job offers. The percentage of female PAs under 30 years of age increased slightly from 2014, while the median age has remained the same since 2013 (27 years). The recently certified workforce has grown slightly more diverse, with the greatest uptick being Asian. The percentage of Hispanic, Latino/a or Spanish ethnicity has also increased slightly. Recently certified PAs indicated that there are many jobs within 50 miles of their program (52.8%) and nationally (85.5%). PAs with a job expect to spend about 64% of their work week practicing in direct outpatient care and 55.2% expect to work over 40 hours per week in their clinical position. The percentage starting their career in a primary care specialty (family medicine/general practice, internal medicine-general practice, or pediatrics-general) has decreased steadily since 2013 (from 28% in 2013 to 26.9% in 2015). Further examination of specialty differences will be available at the time of the presentation. Conclusions The recently certified workforce had increased each year and will continue to do so as new programs emerge. The workforce the programs have produced are growing slightly more ...
Research Question Are there differences in opportunities and incentives by specialty and geography for recently certified physician assistants? Additionally, this presentation will provide an overview of the results from 2015 Statistical Report of Recently Certified Physician Assistants. Methodology Since certifying the first physician assistants (PAs) in 1975, NCCPA has collected data on the PA profession as PAs completed various processes related to obtaining initial certification and then maintaining certification by earning and logging continuing medical education credits and passing recertification examinations. In May 2012, NCCPA's data gathering efforts were significantly enhanced with the launch of the PA Professional Profile. This data gathering instrument is presented to PAs through a secure portal within NCCPA's website. The Profile was launched with two modules: 'About Me' and 'My Practice.' In December 2012, NCCPA added a 'Recently Certified' module delivered online to PAs who have been certified (for the first time) for less than six months. In 2015, 77.7% of the recently certified PAs had responded to at least some portion of the survey. Results In 2015, 7,776 PAs became certified for the first time. 67.0% have accepted a clinical position as a PA and 76.1% of them had two or more job offers. The percentage of female PAs under 30 years of age increased slightly from 2014, while the median age has remained the same since 2013 (27 years). The recently certified workforce has grown slightly more diverse, with the greatest uptick being Asian. The percentage of Hispanic, Latino/a or Spanish ethnicity has also increased slightly. Recently certified PAs indicated that there are many jobs within 50 miles of their program (52.8%) and nationally (85.5%). PAs with a job expect to spend about 64% of their work week practicing in direct outpatient care and 55.2% expect to work over 40 hours per week in their clinical position. The percentage starting their career in a primary care specialty (family medicine/general practice, internal medicine-general practice, or pediatrics-general) has decreased steadily since 2013 (from 28% in 2013 to 26.9% in 2015). Further examination of specialty differences will be available at the time of the presentation. Conclusions The recently certified workforce had increased each year and will continue to do so as new programs emerge. The workforce the programs have produced are growing slightly more ...
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