According to recent census reports
PAs practice in:
- family and general medicine (31%)
- general internal medicine and its subspecialties (20%)
- general surgery and surgical subspecialties (26%)
- pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties (3%)
- emergency medicine (11%)
- occupational medicine (3%)
- obstetrics and gynecology (2%)
- dermatology (4%) and other areas of medicine.
Average PA salary by practice area:
- Family/Adult Medicine - $91,293
- Emergency Medicine - $115,630
- Orthopedic Surgery - $103,206
For more information please read the following report from The Clinical Advisor.
Required Reading for Prospective Students
Before beginning our program, you must prepare by reading the following books cover
to cover. These books will help you become a stronger student and better prepared
to start this fast-paced profession.
● Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking , 11th Edition (a must read - to be read repeatedly - useful advise no matter what
PA program you apply for): ISBN-10: 1609137620 and ISBN-13: 978-1609137625.
● Study Without Stress: Mastering Medical Sciences
by Eugenia G. Kelman. ISBN-10: 0761916792 and ISBN-13: 978-0761916796.
● The Nature of Disease: Pathology for the Health Professions
by Thomas H. McConnell. ISBN 13: 978-0781753173 and ISBN 10: 0781753171.
● Medical Terminology Systems: a Body Systems Approach
by Barbara A. Gylys and Mary Ellen Wedding, ISBN 0-8036-1274-5.
■ MANDATORY LAPTOPS REQUIRED click here for minimum requirements
■ PROFESSIONAL TASKS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The physician assistant, working with physicians and other health professionals, performs
many clinical functions that enable the physician to devote more time to duties requiring
his particular knowledge and skill. The physician assistant performs duties based
on guidelines established by the state granting licensure. In most settings the physician
assistant obtains medical histories, performs physical examinations, orders and interprets
laboratory results and other information and assesses and treats common illnesses,
including writing prescriptions. Disease prevention and health promotion activities,
counseling and patient education are other important services provided by the physician
assistant. Successful completion of the National Certifying Examination is required
to practice as a physician assistant in Georgia.
■ SKILLS AND INTERESTS SUITED TO A CAREER AS A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
Physician assistants need the ability to relate to people, a capacity for calm and
reasoned judgment in handling emergencies, an orientation toward service and intelligence.
A solid background in math and science is helpful as well.
Related career interests include medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational
therapy and any patient-contact field.