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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.Visit Link
HOW TO BECOME A PA - AAPA
A step-by-step guide to starting your career as a licensed physician assistant.Visit Link
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.Visit Link
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.Visit Link
Getting a Job As a PA
HELPFUL TIPS AND INSIGHT FOR PAS LOOKING FOR JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES
Some advice on hunting for your first job as a PA.Visit Link
OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS - UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Job outlook information for physician assistants compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Visit Link
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...Visit Link
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.Visit Link
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.Visit Link
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...Visit Link
Most PAs will change jobs at least once in their careers. Being familiar with the following topics will help you handle career transitions.Visit Link
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,...Visit Link
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...Visit Link
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.Visit Link
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.Visit Link
Life As A PA
ARTICLES AND INSIGHTS FOR LIVING LIFE AS A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT, BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE JOB
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...Visit Link
Living La Vida Locum: What Providers 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...Visit Link
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.Visit Link
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.