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A shortage of physicians? Mount St. Joseph starts PA program to help fill need

Mount St. Joseph starts PA program to help fill need (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - More physician assistants may soon be needed in the local community and across the country

That's because it's estimated that one in three people in the US will be 65 or older by the year 2030.

At the same time, the Association of American Medical Colleges says that the field may be short more than 100,000 physicians needed for care.

So now, many are stepping up to offer educational programs in the local community for other health care providers to support the population, especially physician assistants.

For example, at Mount St. Joseph University will make history in January 2018. Teachers and students from the first class of 32 students showed that they will train and teach other students to become PA's in a lab with some new high-tech teaching tools.

“So, the physician assistant program is actually a new program for health professionals who practice medicine, and they are pretty common in the united states, there are over 115,000 practicing PA's in the US, just not as common in Cincinnati for some reason, so in concert with some various institution there's been some interest in trying to increase the number of PA's in the community and Mount St. Joseph was approached,” said Patrick Cafferty, who is the director of the program.

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