What is an Army PA?

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What is an Army PA?

  1. 1. The Army Physician Assistant
  2. 2. What is a Physician Assistant ? <ul><li>A healthcare professional </li></ul><ul><li>An integral part of the medical </li></ul><ul><li>team </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a broad range of medical services traditionally performed by physicians </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Physician Assistant ? <ul><ul><li>As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>provide advanced trauma management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>conduct physical exams </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>diagnose and treat illnesses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>order and interpret diagnostic tests </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>counsel on preventive health care </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>assist in surgery </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>write prescriptions </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What is an Army PA <ul><li>Military health care professional certified to practice medicine with physician supervision. </li></ul><ul><li>The AMEDD’s primary medical provider in battalion and division level TO&E units </li></ul><ul><li>Echelon I/II Subject Matter Expert </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Army PA <ul><li>Provides garrison health care to soldiers, family members and </li></ul><ul><li>other eligible beneficiaries </li></ul><ul><li>Participants in all major conflicts </li></ul><ul><li>and deployments including </li></ul><ul><li>Operations Urgent Fury, Desert </li></ul><ul><li>Storm, Provide Comfort, and </li></ul><ul><li>Southern Watch </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Army PA <ul><li>Qualifications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BA or BS degree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NCCPA certification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate of an accredited program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Governed by Army Regulation 40-48 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Educational Prerequisites <ul><ul><li>6 hours English Composition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 hours Humanities and /or Social Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 hours Chemistry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 hours Anatomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 hours Physiology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 hours of Algebra </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 hours of Psychology </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Interservice PA Program (IPAP) <ul><li>3 classes each year selected from the </li></ul><ul><li>Air Force, Navy, AD Army, NG & USAR </li></ul><ul><li>60+ students per class </li></ul><ul><li>180 students per year </li></ul>
  9. 9. Interservice PA Program (IPAP) <ul><li>Phase I (Didactic) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>86 College Credit hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1815 Contact hours (class room) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A&P, pathology, pharmacology, radiology, psychiatry, OB/GYN/, PM, orthopedics, infectious diseases. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Interservice PA Program (IPAP) <ul><li>Phase II (2890 hours) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20 different clinical sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>52 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clinical rotations include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Medicine/Primary Care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal Medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ophthalmology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychiatry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pediatrics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dermatology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OB/GYN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orthopedics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surgery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency Medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ENT/Allergy </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The Army PA <ul><li>Specialty Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aviation Med </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CV Perfusion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency Med </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Occupational Med </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orthopedics </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Brief History of the PA <ul><li>1965-first PA training program at Duke University </li></ul><ul><li>1967-first graduate of Duke program </li></ul><ul><li>1971-Congress authorized Army to train PAs </li></ul><ul><li>1973-first Army PAs graduated at Ft Sam Houston </li></ul><ul><li>1980-first specialty training authorized </li></ul>
  13. 13. Brief History of the PA <ul><li>1984-PAs assigned to White House Medical Unit </li></ul><ul><li>1992-PAs commissioned as regular line officers (formerly Warrant Officers) in the Medical Specialist Corps </li></ul><ul><li>1995-Fort Sam Houston selected as the site for Interservice PA program (IPAP) </li></ul>
  14. 14. QUESTIONS ?
  15. 15. Application Process <ul><li>DA msg: http://www.goarmy.com/job/amedd/paqual.htm </li></ul><ul><li>POC: CPT Bruce McLennan at USA Recruiting Command CML (502) 626-0386/0360 DSN 536-0386 </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Application deadline- 31May </li></ul><ul><li>Selection Board- late August </li></ul>

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