The role of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants is currently a work in progress, but studies show that non-physician staff will be key to providing top quality healthcare outcomes to patients as practices face a shortage of primary care physicians.
When healthcare systems and group practices experience difficulties in hiring permanent providers, they often turn to temporary staffing firms to fill their open positions. As the number of primary care and other specialty physicians decreases, the demand for NPs and PAs increases; however, the number of available non-physician providers cannot always cover the gap. Staff Care, a temporary healthcare staffing firm, recently published a survey that revealed a huge increase in temporary staffing requests for PA and NP temps, from 2% in 2010 to 10% in 2012.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) reports that the employment rate among PAs is approximately 95%. The number of training programs is growing in order to meet the demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for PAs from 2010-2020 is growing at 30% (“Much faster than average”).
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According to the 2011 Medical School Enrollment Survey conducted by the AAMC, More Medical Schools and Students will create an Age Wave.
In 2002, there were 125 medical schools in the United States. As of late March 2012, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) had granted accreditation status to 12 new medical schools, bringing the total number of U.S. medical schools to 137.
First-year M.D. medical school enrollment in 2016-2017 is projected to reach 21,376. This projection represents a 29.6% increase above first-year enrollment in 2002-2003.
First-year D.O. enrollment in 2016-2017 is expected to reach 6,179, representing a double of first-year enrollment in 2002-2003.
This surge must be a reaction to the projected shortage of Physicians in the United States. According to AAMC estimates, the U.S. faces a shortage of more than 90,000 physicians by 2020 – a number that will grow to more than 130,000 by 2025
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