Q: What does it take to become a PA?
A: PA students enter training with undergraduate degrees, just like medical students. PA programs take a little more than two and a half years to complete. The greatest numbers of PAs are found in primary care specialties (family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics). PAs require high levels of training, tremendous intellectual capacity and great compassion for the care of others.
Q: What are the goals for the OAPA in the coming years?
A: We are going to continue to create strategic alliances that improve and extend the quality and availability of heath care. We want to prevent preventable diseases by helping patients realize the potential of vaccinations and healthy lifestyles. Lastly, we are going to help evolve the way PAs continue to maintain high levels of knowledge and training.
PAULA BURKES, BUSINESS WRITER