physician assistant

A Physician assistant is a vital element of the urgent care ecosystem. They help doctors and medical professionals power through the doldrum and monotony of office paperwork so they can get back to doing what they do best – helping people.

They are in charge of the basics of care. They measure patient vitals, assemble medical histories, perform injections and more. Some of their duties rely on skills that are traditionally ascribed to doctors. Many Physician Assistants aspire to be doctors in fact. Others are more interested in an administrative career. Generally, they are referred to as PAs and play a huge role in the hospital.

PAs can handle a huge amount of the workload normally ascribed to Physicians. Overwhelmed physicians can do more. Surgeons can perform more surgery and anesthesiologists can induce more anesthesia when a physician assistant is there to handle all the hospital medicine needs.

There are 15,000 of them training in the United States at this moment. The question is, how do you pick the good from the great?

Top-Indicator of a Great PA: Team-Oriented

PAs are incredibly important to the team at any hospital. As such, every action they take needs to be taken with the team in mind. A Physician Assistant could be extremely efficient with his or her own metrics, but to be effective in a team means having great communication and aligned priorities with your team members.

Physician Assistants’ knowledge is variable. Their expertise is dependent on the scope of work they encountered with the doctors they’ve worked with.

Where to Find Great Physician Assistants

Get Involved With PA Programs

PA Programs are the best way to screen for high-quality Physician Assistants. Students from these programs cost hardly anything except your time. While the opportunity cost of training student Physican Assistants can be high, they will usually be placed in the hospital where they were trained. This gives you a cheap way to try out a Physician Assistant before pulling the trigger on a new salaried employee that may not mesh with the team.

Take Advantage of Rumors

If you’re hiring for a Physician Assistant, let the news slip in your medical community. The rumor will spread and you can make use of some word-of-mouth.

Contact AAPA or Respective PA Organization in Your State

Every state has an entity like the AAPA that represents Physician Assistants. They’ll know where to start advertising to get in the ear of your target candidates. As an added bonus they’re a great resource on how to navigate the credentials work that’s nuanced for every state.

PA Training Programs

It’s unusual for a Physician Assistant training program to not have job placement as a huge focus. They pretty much all have them. Get in touch with training programs in you desired geography and offer yourself as a resource in their career program.


Healthcare is constantly changing and Physician Assistants help keep doctors from being overwhelmed. They learn about the constantly-evolving healthcare environment so the physician doesn’t have to. That way they can get back to helping people with their health without worrying about tending to the many administrative duties required in healthcare.