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* Reply about Physician's Assistant program
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  intern2009 - 09/20/09 22:15
 
  Hello -
Thank you for your email about becoming a PA. Graduates of foreign medical schools frequently express interest in practicing as physician assistants when they come to the United States. However, having a medical degree, even from a U.S. medical school, does not qualify an individual to practice as a physician assistant (PA). Likewise, individuals from other countries who have been educated to provide health care, whether as "PAs" or as other kinds of health professionals, are not eligible to practice as PAs in the United States. There are three requirements that must be met before a person can practice as a PA. Anyone who wishes to enter the PA profession must graduate from a PA educational program in the United States that is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). There are more than 130 accredited PA programs located throughout the United States. A complete list of these programs is available on the AAPA Web site. A growing number of foreign medical school graduates are enrolled in PA programs. These programs, which are typically 24-25 months in length, generally do not grant advanced standing to medical school graduates, nor do they amend their tightly structured curricula to suit individual students who may have prior training. Contact should be made directly with the programs to determine their admissions policy. Graduates of accredited PA programs must then sit for and pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination, which is administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Only accredited PA program graduates are allowed to take this examination. Graduation from a medical school does not make a person eligible for this examination. The third requirement is a license to practice, which is granted by a state medical or PA licensing board. Although each state handles licensure separately, the general prerequisites are the same: graduation from an accredited PA program and passage of the national certification examination. There are no exceptions. (In 1991, the state of Florida allowed some state residents who were foreign physicians to register for a state PA certification examination. This was only for a limited period of time and is no longer an option.)Education Information Foreign trained graduates may apply to PA programs just as U.S. citizens do. The PA Programs Directory is the most useful resource to learn the prerequisites, length of programs, tuition fees, and other aspects of the programs. Some programs require certain coursework to have been completed in the United States. Others ask that applicants take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). These requirements, as well as detailed descriptions of each accredited program, are included in the directory. Subscribe to the directory by going to www.paeaonline.org/applicantdirectory.html. Melissa Ann CwiertniewiczSenior Manager, MembershipAmerican Academy of Physician Assistants950 N Washington StreetAlexandria, VA 22314-1552703/836-2272.
 
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* Re:Reply about Physician's Assistant program
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  remo - 09/20/09 22:54
 
  thanis this is really helpful post.  
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  remo - 09/20/09 22:57
 
  thanks this is really helpful post.  
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* Re:Reply about Physician's Assistant program
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  synapse7 - 09/20/09 23:48
 
  stupids, why can't they recognize our five and half year of hard earned medical degree in homeland. Why do they want us to get training for another 24 months. Unlike engineering field only in our medical field we need to sit for hell a lot of shit exams wherever we go. We physicians are million times much better than Physician assistant.  
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* Re:Reply about Physician's Assistant program
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  2009maca - 09/21/09 02:22
 
  It is obvious, this NCCPA is like PA's union. All professions fear competition from others, especially when there are so many FMGs in the US now. I am sure many of us can pass their exam easily, however once they open this door it will soon bring down the wage and marketability of US PA graduates. It is all about competition and money, same applies to auto, steel, agricultural industry.

" However, having a medical degree, even from a U.S. medical school, does not qualify an individual to practice as a physician assistant (PA)." -- this is quite helpful to know, but indeed a big BS.
 
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