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Physician Assistant Resource Hub

Helpful Tools, Resources, and Advice for PAs

Whether you’re a looking to pursue a permanent career as a physician assistant or are interested in locum tenens as a full-time career, you probably have some questions. And we expect you to. For that reason, we assembled some of the most useful articles, infographics, and videos in one easy-to-navigate location to help answer any questions you may have. Educational resources, navigating the job-search process, useful career tips — it’s all here.

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  • Education for PAs

    Tools and articles for people interested in becoming physician assistants.

  • GETTING A JOB AS A PA

    Helpful tips and insight for PAs looking to find jobs at hospitals, private practices, and other healthcare facilities.

  • PA CAREER RESOURCES

    Tools and articles for navigating your career as a modern PA.

  • LIFE AS A PA

    Articles and insights for living life as a PA, both inside and outside of the job.

Education Resources for PAs

TOOLS AND ARTICLES FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN BECOMING PAS

WHAT IS A PA? - AAPA

PAs are experts in general medicine. They undergo rigorous medical training. PAs must take a test in general medicine in order to be licensed and certified. They must graduate from an accredited PA program and pass a certification exam. Like physicians and NPs, PAs must complete extensive continuing medical education throughout their careers.

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I'm a PA Because I Was Inspired by Others - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Throughout the month of September, we asked physician assistants (PAs) across our Facebook and Twitter channels to help us celebrate PA Week by finishing the lines, "I'm a PA because..."Check out part five of our results!A Calling You Can't Ignore"I'm a PA because it was a calling that I could...

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HOW TO BECOME A PA - AAPA

A step-by-step guide to starting your career as a licensed physician assistant.

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WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER A CAREER AS A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT - EXPLOREHEALTHCAREERS

In its 2016 ranking of best healthcare jobs, U.S. News & World Report ranked physician assistant (PA) fourth in best health care jobs. Physician assistants are medical providers who are licensed to diagnose and treat illness and disease and to prescribe medication for patients. They work in physician offices, hospitals and clinics in collaboration with a licensed physician.

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3 Tips for Success in Your Third Year of Medical School - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Congratulations! You have completed your first two years of medical school and you are now entering into your third year. Instead of simply spending hours studying for your next written exam, you will soon be using that knowledge outside of the classroom through real-world experiences interacting with patients and delving...

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STUDENT RESOURCES FOR PAS - AAPA

An AAPA membership affords benefits that can take you to the top of your class and the career ladder. But don’t take our word for it. Listen to students share their AAPA member experiences in their own words.

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What Should You Do After You Graduate NP or PA School? [SLIDESHARE] - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Congratulations! You've graduated as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Friends and family are proud, and they’ve applauded as you’ve stepped across the stage in a cap and gown. You’re ready to take on what’s next.You want to put your degree to good use, but you’re not sure where to...

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The Growing Popularity of Physician Assistants - BARTON ASSOCIATES

The annual AAPA Conference is coming to a close, and it's clear: Physician assistants are experiencing something of a renaissance in the United States. As healthcare shifts away from fee-for-service medicine to a team-centric, value-based approach under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), PAs are playing a bigger role. It’s a...

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The PA Profession: Looking Ahead - BARTON ASSOCIATES

There could not be a more exciting time to enter the Physician Assistant (PA) profession. With a nationwide primary care provider shortage looming, the “baby boomer" generation reaching retirement age, and the upholding of the Affordable Care Act, there exists the impetus to expand the roles and responsibilities of PAs...

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PA PROGRAM DIRECTORY - PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

An easy-to-navigate directory for PAs looking to find a physician assistant program that meets their individual needs.

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Getting a Job As a PA

HELPFUL TIPS AND INSIGHT FOR PAS LOOKING FOR JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES

ADVICE ON GETTING YOUR FIRST PA JOB - AAPA

Some advice on hunting for your first job as a PA.

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OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS - UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Job outlook information for physician assistants compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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How to Build a Resume That Will Land You a Job Interview - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Your resume has less than 30 seconds to make an impression on a potential employer. That’s only about the length of a typical TV commercial. Your resume must quickly convey critical information that hooks the staffing manager’s attention. Otherwise, he or she will become disinterested and move on to the...

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How Networking Can Improve Your Career in Healthcare - BARTON ASSOCIATES

It’s easy to get caught up in your daily routine, but networking can bring you outside of it and give you a larger perspective on the healthcare industry. Whether you’re happy in your existing job or searching for new opportunities, networking can help you better understand your industry, come up...

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PA JOBSOURCE - AAPA

PA JobSource, the ultimate PA career resource, contains the largest source of PA jobs in the nation. It’s where PAs go to find the right Physician Assistant jobs and where employers go to find the highest quality PA talent in the country. Your job search, made personal.

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LOCUM TENENS PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT JOB SEARCH - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Every day, Barton Associates lists new locum tenens job openings from facilities and practices throughout the nation in a wide variety of medical specialties.

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Career Resources for PAs

TOOLS AND ARTICLES FOR NAVIGATING YOUR CAREER AS A MODERN PA

TIPS FOR STARTING STRONG AT A NEW PA POSITION - HEALTH ECAREERS

Contract negotiation can be very effective preventative medicine, professionally speaking, and help make the transition to a new job easier. When key aspects of a new position have been fully discussed, negotiated and put in writing (to include your schedule, compensation, and role/responsibilities) the chance of unpleasant surprises and conflicts with a new employer is greatly reduced.

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I'm a PA Because of Work-Life Balance - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Throughout the month of September, we asked physician assistants (PAs) across our Facebook and Twitter channels to help us celebrate PA Week by finishing the line, “I’m a PA because…"Check out part four of our results!"I'm a PA because I can honestly say that I love my profession. I enjoy...

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CAREER ADVANCEMENT RESOURCES FOR PAS - AAPA

Most PAs will change jobs at least once in their careers. Being familiar with the following topics will help you handle career transitions.

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Can a Physician Assistant Do That? [INFOGRAPHIC] - BARTON ASSOCIATES

The content below refers to an older version of the "Can a PA Do That?" infographic. Check out our updated infographic here!Should you consider staffing a physician assistant (PA) to fill an opening at your hospital, practice, or organization? The answer is yes, definitely! Certified PAs can practice medicine in...

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How to Achieve Work-Life Balance in Healthcare - BARTON ASSOCIATES

It is a remarkable thing to devote your life to the care of others. As difficult as it is, it's crucial to make sure you are taking care of yourself, too. Failing to turn off the healthcare provider “switch" can be detrimental to your personal health and manifest in burnout,...

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How Fast-Growing PA Specialties Are Improving Healthcare - BARTON ASSOCIATES

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of physician assistants (PAs) is increasing at a pace that’s much faster than average. In fact, the field is projected to grow by as much as 30 percent between 2014 and 2024.Why? Within a variety of specialties, PAs are rising to...

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What’s Working in Rural Care Like? One PA Tells All - BARTON ASSOCIATES

I am apparently in the minority. According to the 2015 AAPA salary report, 51.7 percent of physician assistants work in an urban setting of more than 1 million people. Further, 12.4 percent work in an area where the closest town has a population of 20,000 people or less. I am...

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Tools to Make Your Healthcare Job Easier - BARTON ASSOCIATES

The tools don’t always make the professional, but they can certainly make a medical professional’s job easier. If work-provided implements just aren’t cutting it, here’s some hardware that’ll make you wonder how you ever did without.Pens — No, ReallyLow-tech? Maybe. Simple? Certainly. But never again having to scramble in search...

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Our Picks: 6 PA Blogs and Sites to Follow - BARTON ASSOCIATES

As a leading locum tenens physician assistant (PA) staffing agency, Barton Associates is committed to placing talented physician assistants (PAs) in top locum tenens positions across the United States. In addition, we prioritize sharing resources that make our locum tenens PAs’ jobs easier.To that end, we wanted to highlight other...

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The Rural Health Clinic Program Provides Opportunities for PAs and NPs - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Shortages in rural health have long been a challenge for the healthcare profession — and one that has seen many proposed solutions over the years. Increasingly, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are answering the call.A Journal of Rural Health review shows that, overall, “PAs provide cost-efficient and supplemental medical services...

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CME FAQ - AAPA

In 2014, The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) began transitioning certified PAs to a 10 year certification maintenance process.

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PRACTICE RESOURCES FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS - AAPA

Resources from AAPA to help PAs understand the business side of medicine in addition to caring for patients and keeping up with the latest research.

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Looking for a Switch? 3 Healthcare Jobs to Consider - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Let’s face it. For all the (many, many) good things that come with working in healthcare, it can also be a high-tension, high-burnout career track.That’s not a knock on the industry, of course. When nearly half of all physicians in one Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) survey “report...

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6 Ways to Earn CME on Your Mobile Phone - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Share this article: Medical professionals spend most of their time interacting with patients and working to provide the best possible care. To stay up to date on the latest trends in the medical space, many professionals are required by their state to pursue continuing medical education (CME).CME...

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Life As A PA

ARTICLES AND INSIGHTS FOR LIVING LIFE AS A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT, BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE JOB

5 Ways to Know You’re Ready to Try Locum Tenens - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Maybe you've heard about the independence and flexibility that come with locum tenens, but haven’t explored further because you weren’t sure you were ready to make the change. After all, the locum tenens lifestyle is different from the traditional understanding of a medical career.However, many physicians, physician assistants (PAs), nurse...

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Why Older Physicians Should Consider Locum Tenens - BARTON ASSOCIATES

In the United States, mandatory retirement (or, as it's more derisively known, forced retirement) policies are illegal for the majority of professions, but there are a few exceptions. When a pilot hits age 65, for instance, he's asked to hand over his wings. Federal law requires special agents to retire...

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What Is Locum Tenens? A Comprehensive Guide - BARTON ASSOCIATES

When you were in school, did you imagine that you’d graduate and get a traditional full-time job in healthcare? Many healthcare providers imagine this path: it seems clear, straightforward, and in line with what society expects.Today’s workforce, however, is exploring alternate options. A recent Intuit study estimates that 24 percent...

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Living La Vida Locum: What Clinicians Love About Locum Tenens Roles - BARTON ASSOCIATES

We talk a lot about what we think locum tenens can do for you. Empowerment. Career growth. Flexibility. Travel. New opportunities. But we’re not as in the know as you are. In order to truly understand your pain points and what about them pushes you to take on — and...

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Get Our Free Guide to Starting Your Locum Tenens Career - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Where do you see your career in 2017? Download our free resource, “Your Ultimate Guide to Going Locum," to discover more about how locum tenens can help you achieve your goals.Locum tenens is an attractive and fulfilling career path that some physicians and advanced-practice clinicians aren't even aware of. As...

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How to Land Your Perfect Locum Tenens Job - BARTON ASSOCIATES

By now you probably know that a locum tenens career allows you the freedom and flexibility to experience a variety of practice locations and facility types. If you have a particular location or facility type in mind, there are some steps you can take to ensure you are in the...

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My Experience As a Locum With Barton Associates - BARTON ASSOCIATES

After a recent transition out of a private practice, I started doing locum tenens work. I was referred to Barton Associates and started working with my physician recruiter, John. John took the time to really explore what it was I was looking to create by going into locum tenens work....

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It’s Official: Locum Tenens Clinicians Are Popular and Invaluable - BARTON ASSOCIATES

The U.S. healthcare sector has been among the most heavily affected by skills gaps and talent shortages over the past several years. This has led to a direct increase in the amount of strain placed on physicians and other medical practitioners, which can compromise the quality and efficiency of any...

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MY FIRST YEAR AS A LOCUM TENENS PHYSICIAN - KEVINMD

Locum tenens (literally “place holder”) is professional work done to fill in where help is needed. It is what I have primarily been doing for the last year, and has been an interesting ride.

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Why More Physicians Are Going Locum - BARTON ASSOCIATES

The practice of medicine presents several difficulties: high stress, long hours, and expensive loans are all challenges with which many doctors are unfortunately familiar. As a response to these challenges, more and more physicians are taking the opportunity to work locum tenens.From the Latin for "place holder" — and inarguably...

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Questions to Ask Before Accepting Your First Locum Tenens Assignment - BARTON ASSOCIATES

You have decided to try locum tenens work for the first time. This can be a confusing time, and it is perfectly understandable that you might have a few questions. It is important to ask these questions to determine if the assignment is a good match, and to ensure you...

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Tax Guide for Locum Tenens Providers (2018 Edition) - BARTON ASSOCIATES

Last month, locum tenens tax expert Andrew D. Schwartz, CPA, partnered with the Barton Associates team to develop the “2018–2019 Tax Guide for Locum Tenens Providers" — and helped hundreds of locum tenens providers during our webinar prepare to get the most out of their tax returns in the process!The...

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I love working with you and hope that we can continue our working relationship.

DR. ESS - PHYSICIAN, LOCUM TENENS PROVIDER

I am happy with the service and relationship I have with the Barton Associates Locum Tenens Recruitment Specialist, Taylor Barnum.

L. V. - LOCUM TENENS OBGYN PHYSICIAN

I am very pleased with my agent. He is very helpful and great service. His name is Nicholas Affaro

MARIE A., NURSE PRACTITIONER

My consultant is great. She stays in contact with me and stays up to date about my availability. She listens to me and is a joy to work with.

E. C. - LOCUM TENENS PROVIDER

Smooth comfortable service. Always prompt response.

CRAIG - LOCUM TENENS PROVIDER

Barton did all the planning and footwork to allow me move smoothly into a temporary position in an ongoing private practice…The staff and I worked very hard to help deliver the best treatment to each and every patient

G. A. OCHS D.M.D.