July 8, 2016
DEAR ABBY: On a recent trip out of state, my husband became ill. The hotel we stayed in referred us to a nearby urgent care walk-in clinic. The nurse took his blood pressure, which was very high. The "doctor" never took his temperature or mentioned the high blood pressure to us. He prescribed six drugs and we went on our way. My husband was happy; I was not. When we returned home, I looked up the doctor's name on the internet. Actually, he was a physician's assistant, not a medical doctor.
July 2, 2014 |
Each year, Philadelphia University receives about 2,500 applications for its graduate program in physician assistant studies - and 20 percent of those applications typically come from New Jersey. Most have to be turned away. The private university based in East Falls has only 50 spots a year and keeps half of them for students who have come through its undergraduate program. That's despite predictions by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that physician assistants - who diagnose and treat patients under the supervision of a physician - will be the second-fastest-growing profession in the next decade, as more people get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, the university is to unveil a partnership that crosses state boundaries, spans the public/private sector, and is aimed at filling that demand, particularly in underserved urban areas such as Atlantic City, Camden, and Trenton.
August 8, 2010 |
Sue Shirato is a nurse. And a doctor. But probably not the kind of doctor you think, which makes her introduction to patients at the Jefferson Heart Institute more complicated. "I'm Dr. Shirato, but feel free to call me Sue," she tells patients. "I am Dr. Duffy's advanced-practice nurse. " Shirato, a nurse practitioner, just got her doctor of nursing practice degree at Thomas Jefferson University. Most nurse practitioners still have master's degrees, but nursing schools want the DNP to be the entry-level degree for advanced-practice nurses by 2015.
February 5, 2008
Expand the role of physician assistants I applaud The Inquirer for sharing the positive aspects of Gov. Rendell's Rx for Pennsylvania and urging action on this bill from the legislature ("Out in the cold," Jan. 28). The key item in this debate is health care access for all Pennsylvanians at less cost. Covering the uninsured will lessen costs for the insured, businesses and hospitals. How best to do this? The governor has expanded the roles of physician assistants and nurse practitioners, initiated patient safety measures to have hospitals become more responsible, and provided incentives for small businesses to join in this effort.
June 23, 2002 |
Walter R. Bateman, an insurance executive who is active in the community, recently was named president of the North Penn United Way. Bateman of Solebury was elected to the position at the organization's recent annual meeting. Bateman had been a member of the organization's board since 1993 and served as chairman of the 1996 United Way campaign. "I'm honored to have been chosen to take on this expanded role with this outstanding organization," said Bateman, chief executive officer of Harleysville Insurance.
October 25, 1999 |
Physician-assisted suicide continues to be a controversial issue in America. Assisted suicide is legal in one state - Oregon - and a bill currently in Congress would override that law. Oregon voters in 1997 passed the Death With Dignity Act. Oregon residents who are terminally ill, mentally competent adults and have received approval from two physicians, can get a lethal dose of a prescription drug. They may take that overdose, if they wish, and end their lives. No physicians, family members or friends are allowed to help.
June 4, 1999 |
Pat Felker and a handful of her 10 children will attend tonight's Hero Bowl at Sun Valley, hawking programs and selling tickets. "I feel it's the least we can do," Felker said. Tim and Eric Felker won't be there, although they wish they could join their mom and siblings to help promote a cause that paved the way for their education and careers as physician assistants. "We have to go to D.C. for a conference," said Eric, who works with Tim for a group that supplies physician assistants to Delaware hospitals in Christiana and Wilmington.
June 10, 1997 |
Ken Harbert slipped into the confusing sadness of a buddy's funeral and came up with something that made sense. Here was a guy who had pulled Harbert out of a firefight in Vietnam, gotten through two years of the war, then killed himself several years later. The two men had served together as Navy hospital corpsmen, tending the wounded in the field in Vietnam. The year was 1975, and Harbert had just become a physician assistant (PA), a person who practices medicine under a doctor's supervision.