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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 Resources 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.

  • Career Resources for PAs

    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

“I'm a PA because it was a calling that I could not and would not ignore.”
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How to Become a PA - PAs Connect

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 into different clinical rotations.
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7 Facts About the Modern Physician Assistant Graduate - Barton Associates

Physician assistants are finishing graduate school in record numbers and are changing the way patients receive healthcare. There are more than 91,994 PAs licensed in the U.S., according to KFF.org. Check out our video explainer to learn everything you need to know about the modern PA graduate.
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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 PA School [Slideshare] - Barton Associates

Congratulations! You've graduated. 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 start. Should you take a step back and relax, or plunge headfirst into a job? Should you try to work where you did your clinical studies, or look elsewhere?
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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.
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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 in every aspect of patient care.
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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 - PAs Connect

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 hiring manager’s attention.
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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 with new ideas, and align yourself with what’s happening in your field.
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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 - HealtheCareers

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

"I'm a PA because I can honestly say that I love my profession. I enjoy the unique rapport and connection that PAs and patients share. Work-life balance is key and another reason becoming a PA is absolutely the best for me!" —Allison Fout
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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

Should you consider hiring 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 every specialty and clinical setting, taking care of everything from routine medical services to intricate procedures.
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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, an alarming trend that is sweeping across the healthcare field.
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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 the occasion to accommodate the higher demand for healthcare services.
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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 PAs 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 in the remaining 2.5 percent. I serve about 2,000–3,000 people who do not live near a metropolitan area.
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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.
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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 PAs in top locum tenens positions across the United States. In addition, we prioritize sharing resources that make our locum tenens PAs’ jobs easier.
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The Rural Health Clinic Program Provides Opportunities for PAs and NPs - Barton Associates

If you are a PA, you know there is a glass ceiling. It’s been broken by a few, but remains in place for others. Leadership roles are hard to come by — but why? Are PAs less qualified to be healthcare leaders? The answer is more complicated than you probably imagine.
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PA Certification and CME FAQ - PAs Connect

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) announced a new PA certification maintenance process reflecting similar criteria to the recertification programs of the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which were approved in 2006.
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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

When nearly half of all physicians in one Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) survey “report at least [one] symptom of burnout” — and when those stats take a hard slant toward those working on the “front line of care access,” like family and internal medicine — it becomes obvious that taking care of patients has a number of rigors the average person might not understand.
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6 Ways to Earn CME on Your Mobile Phone - Barton Associates

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).
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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

What Is Locum Tenens? [Video] - Barton Associates

Never heard of locum tenens? What to learn more about what locum work entails? We answer those questions and more in a short introductory video.
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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.
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Why Older Physicians Should Consider Locum Tenens - Barton Associates

After 20 or 30 years of practicing medicine on a regular work schedule, there's nothing like the semi-retirement status that locums offers. It's a breath of fresh air after being on call for countless late nights, holidays, and weekends. Locum physician assistants have the freedom to focus on nothing but treating patients.
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The Benefits of Locum Tenens vs. Full-Time Work in Healthcare - 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 of the American workforce currently works as independent contractors, and that this number may rise to 40 percent by 2020.
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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 excel in — locums roles, we decided to ask you.
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5 Myths About Locum Tenens - Barton Associates

Maybe you have heard about locum tenens, but haven’t explored further because you have some concerns. This is understandable! Because the locum lifestyle is different from a traditional medical career, there are many myths surrounding it. As a result, it can be easy to mix up fact and fiction.
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Get Our Free Guide to Starting Your Locum Tenens Career - Barton Associates

Locum tenens is an attractive and fulfilling career path that some physicians and advanced-practice clinicians aren't even aware of. As we enter the new year, many of your colleagues and peers are starting to explore the job market and look for ways to gain more freedom and flexibility in their careers.
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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 best position to land the perfect locum tenens job when it becomes available.
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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. John reviewed with me what I was specifically looking for and took the time to match me with those prospective clients that fit the profile.
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It’s Official: Locum Tenens Clinicians Are Popular and Invaluable - Barton Assoicates

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 healthcare establishment. Technology has improved patient health management in the past decade, but overworked staff make it difficult to optimize outcomes and experiences.
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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.
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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 have a positive experience. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive to get you off to a running start!
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Tax Guide for Locum Tenens Providers - Barton Associates

Tax season is a hectic time for everyone regardless of what field they work in. Luckily for locum tenens providers, Barton Associates worked with healthcare tax expert Andrew D. Schwartz, CPA, to develop a tax guide specially for locum tenens providers so you can maximize your tax return!
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Working as a locum reignited my healthcare passion.

John A., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner, California

Medicine is local. With locums, you see different ways to treat the same condition, and it does broaden your horizons.

Dr. Neil B., Locum Tenens Physician, Virginia

Working locums is like cooking in someone else’s kitchen. Things won't always be exactly the way you’d like them.

Dr. Maury G., Locum Tenens Physician, New York

I think [older physicians] will enjoy working longer [in locums] than they would in busy emergency departments.

Dr. Craig S., Locum Tenens Physician, Michigan

I tell [other providers] how fun [locums] is — to travel, to see different things, and to go to a different facility.

Dawn S., Locum Tenens Physician Assistant, Georgia

I am having the time of my life working as an independent physician. Barton has treated me wonderfully.

Robert R., Locum Tenens Pediatric Hospitalist, Illinois

The best part of it is that you are being well paid for your adventure.

Bob B., Locum Tenens Surgeon, New York

I love the control [locums] gives me over my work life. I work when I want and where I want.

Renee D., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner, Minnesota

Locums work gives me huge flexibility and variety, and has been amazing. I'm very happy to work with Barton Associates.

Mark V., Locum Tenens CRNA, New Hampshire

Barton rocks. My recruiter gets it. I recommend my clinician friends sign up to work locums with Barton. Pronto!

Patricia A., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner, California

What a perfect job!

Barbara G, Locum Tenens Physician, California

Barton folks have worked hard for me. Overall I have been happy with Barton.

Barry P., Locum Tenens Hospitalist, Nevada

Working locum tenens has been great as an NP because I’ve been able to work in states that have full scope of practice.

Marti J., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner, Mississippi

I go back to locum tenens with Barton because of the passion and diversity. Most days it doesn't even feel like work!

Danielle K., Locum Tenens Psych NP, Florida

Locum tenens means FREEDOM. I get calls from other companies many times a week, but Barton is where I stay!

David C., Locum Tenens Psychiatrist, North Carolina

I find Barton’s help with workplace issues to be an amazing service in helping me help patients.

Dan S., Locum Tenens Dentist, Wisconsin

Barton Associates has always organized my travel as a locum flawlessly.

Jan R., MD, Emergency Medicine Locum, Idaho

Working through Barton has proven to be positive for me, and I recommend the company to my colleagues.

Lillian O., Locum Tenens Psychiatrist, Illinois

From day one, I have been thoroughly impressed with Barton's continued commitment to me as a nurse practitioner locum.

Jennifer B., Family Practice Locum Tenens NP, Pennsylvania

From the first moment I spoke with my recruiter, I knew that I had found the right locum tenens company to work with.

Jenny B., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner, North Carolina

Barton Associates is such a great group to work with, and I am grateful to be working with such a caring organization.

Sandra C., FNP-BC, Family Practice Nurse Practitioner

I am speechless. Wow. You did a great job and I really appreciate your persistence and ongoing feedback.

Betsy O., MD, Locum Tenens Physician, Oregon

I would highly recommend Barton Associates to anyone looking to work with a locum agency.

Paul H., Urgent Care Physician