Many experts agree that the U.S. is about to face a serious shortage of physicians. At NCPA, we have endorsed broadening the scope of practice of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs).
However, these allied health professionals are most likely to be found working in primary practice. What can be done about the shortage of other specialists?
In an article at RealClearPolicy, NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas A. Hemphill and Gerald Knesek recommend changes to the training of allied health professionals:
PA programs vary in their length, and some don’t require a formal post-graduate specialty education. The basic PA curriculum should be standardized to two years, followed by one year for post-graduate didactic and clinical training in a certificate-awarded specialty, with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants overseeing the process.