Contemporary OB/GYN


More docs are hiring PAs

July 1, 2004

More and more physicians in solo and group practices are discovering the benefits of hiring physician assistants. And the numbers show it: Employment for PAs in these settings has increased, while employment for PAs in hospitals and community health centers has decreased slightly, reported American Medical News (11/17/03), citing statistics from the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

A 2003 survey conducted by the academy found that the percentage of PAs working in solo practices rose from 9.1% in 1998 to 12.9% in 2003. Likewise, the percentage of those working in group practices climbed from 26.3% in 1998 to 30.4% in 2003. During the same period, the percentage of PAs working in hospitals dropped from 37.2% to 36.4%, while the percentage of those working in community health centers decreased from 11.1% to 8.3%. The academy also found that in 2003, PAs found jobs in family or general medicine (30.9%), followed by surgical subspecialities (20.4%) and emergency medicine (10%). Don't rule out obstetrics and gynecology, either: 2.8% of PAs found employment in this specialty, as well.