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    How to use (and how not to use) urology PAs

    Lisa Kerr, PA-CLisa Kerr, PA-C

    Urology Times Blogger Profile


    Ms. Kerr is a physician assistant at Parkland Urology in Dallas.

    Physician assistants are rapidly increasing in number, making their presence in all fields of medicine more common. With an estimated 101,977 licensed PAs reported by the 2014 National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants census, PAs have grown by 36.4% in the past 5 years. Of those, 1.4 % were practicing in urology at the time of the survey.

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    However, the need for urology providers is expected to increase considering the aging population of practicing urologists. According to the AUA 2014 census, nearly 23% of practicing urologists are 65 years of age or older. As they retire, PAs will be called upon to help fill the provider deficit.

    An additional strain on academic medical centers is resident work hour restrictions. Academic medical centers will often integrate PAs to help offset these limitations and to augment the learning opportunities for the residents. PAs are commonly responsible for both inpatient and outpatient care. As outpatient providers, we can evaluate both new and returning patients, order and interpret laboratory data and diagnostic imaging, provide patient education, and perform outpatient procedures such as cystoscopy, transrectal ultrasound prostate biopsy, and insertion of testosterone pellets (Testopel).

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    • Anonymous
      Thank you, Lisa! Very insightful! As a fellow urology PA, I have had similar experiences, both good and bad. Thanks for being a voice for us! We have the potential to really help our practices and our patients. So glad to have a PA voice on this site!


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