Medicus Healthcare Solutions recognizes physician assistants (PAs) who work locum tenens, as well as those with permanent positions, for the valuable contributions they make to improve access to healthcare year round. We thank you for providing exceptional, greatly needed medical services at America’s hospitals, health systems, practices, clinics, and urgent care centers. And we deeply appreciate your commitment to the delivery of quality, patient-centric care.
With the number of physicians across the U.S. shrinking, resulting in a nationwide shortage, the medical field is evolving to deal with this trend. Physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) are becoming increasingly important as a response to this shortage. A 2011 study in the Research Synthesis report showed that physician assistants and nurse practitioners accounted for over 25 percent of the primary care workforce.
Medical residents coming into the job market are in a difficult position. They have spent years learning how to treat patients but are expected to choose a permanent position with sometimes limited real-world practice experience. Medical school simply doesn’t prepare you for such a search and completing a residency program in a single location can be limiting in knowing which type of medical practice best meets your needs. Not surprisingly, almost 25 percent of new doctors leave their first position within five years of being hired.