Saturday, July 13, 2013

Postgraduate PA Programs ...what are they?

A postgraduate PA program is similar to the idea of a residency for a physician. These program offer PAs the opportunity to gain more training and experience in a specific field of medicine. These programs very in length, admissions requirements, class size, and compensation. However to give you an idea I would say these programs can last from 12 months to 18 months, require you to have passed the PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certification Exam) and have become certified in the state where the program is located.  Most class sizes are between 2 to 4 or 6 people, and your compensation will most likely be on the lower end of the average salary but remember you are going to come out of there program with a wealth of knowledge and experience that will make you more marketable.

-Is a postgraduate PA program necessary?
Absolutely not!!! Please know that they are completely voluntary!!!

-Should you attend a postgraduate PA program?
If you are a Pre-PA it is way to early to start considering this, but I do think its important to know that these options are out there. Some PAs are in favor of post graduate PA programs and others are against the idea. In my opinion, I am glad these types of programs are available to PAs, it provides us an additional opportunity to improve our skills as health care providers. Each PA will have to make a calculated decision on whether or not to attend a program.

-Where can you learn more about these programs and see a list of all the ones available?
Check out the Association of Postgraduate PA Programs (APPAP).