-Are the PAs in other countries the same as the PAs here in the U.S.?
Yes and NO. Some of the PAs in other countries are PAs that trained here in the U.S. However there are several countries with their own PA programs.
-Where is the PA model being used?
- England/United Kingdom
- Saudia Arabia
- South Africa
- Afghanistan- Article #1
-Why should Pre-PAs care about this topic?
Is this topic going to help you get into PA school today? No. But it will provided you with more information about a unique aspect of the PA profession. I think it is also important to keep in mind that as the PA profession grows and expands across the globe there will be more and more opportunities for U.S. trained PAs. Along with possible job opportunities there will be immense networking and information sharing opportunities. I hope PAs form all over the world will be able to meet at international conferences to share patient care and quality health care ideas to improve the health care of the world.
I know international conferences, I must be crazy! NOPE there will be one in the Netherlands on November 6th and 7th in 2014