Only 54 years have passed since the nation’s first physician assistant program was started at Duke University, but the career has evolved and expanded to become the fifth fastest-growing profession in the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018. Each day in hospitals, clinics and academic health care settings across the nation and beyond, PAs work on care teams with physicians and nurses to provide trusted, competent patient care.
The UF School of Physician Assistant Studies, which has been housed in the George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building since 2015, provides a systems-based, collaborative approach to medical education, coupling real-life clinical training with use of leading-edge simulation technology, ensuring students graduate with all the skills they need to work in the modern health care field.
Each year during Oct. 6-12, we celebrate National PA Week, which recognizes the commitment and talent of physician assistants across the nation. We’d like to introduce three PAs who were trained at the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Medicine and remained on campus to provide quality patient care at UF Health Shands hospitals and outpatient practices.