The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) pledged to open up career-paths beyond nursingand expand opportunities for veterans to become physician assistants. Colleges and universities with programs to train physician’s assistants will be given priority in grant awarding to expand opportunities for veterans to advance beyond their basic training to fill these roles. The Affordable Care Recovery act in 2010 and 2011 over $45 million has been awarded and there are currently 57 active physician’s assistants training grants.
“To expand the number of training programs that accommodate veterans, the Administration also will identify model programs that offer expedited curricula for veterans and that offer enhanced veteran recruiting, retention, and mentoring services,” according to the Obama Administration. These actions will put vets with medical expertise back to work sooner allowing them to move forward with their civilian careers. “The physician assistant profession has a long history of working with the military. Some of the first physician assistants were members of the military who used their considerable medical training during their military service to help meet health care needs at home.
Today, physician assistants are an important part of the health care workforce who practice as part of a team with physicians and provide services such as physicals, basic emergency care, counseling and follow-up care. They deliver care in nearly one in ten visits to community health centers. There are about 81,000 physician assistants in the U.S.” (Source: White House Press Secretary)