The PA Profession: A Case Study

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Since the start of the PA profession in 1965, the number of practicing PAs has more than quadrupled to help bridge the gap in primary health care coverage in underserved areas and respond to a growing shortage of practicing physicians. There has been an even greater demand for PAs in more recent years as our population ages and a significant portion of our population has now gained healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act. In order to keep up with the demand, the number of PA programs in the United States has grown from 54 programs in 1991 to 196 programs in 2015 and there are currently dozens more that are currently pending accreditation.
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