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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT (PA): You Have To Keep Learning

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George is a Physician Assistant who works in California. He has been practicing for the past 30 years as a PA, but tells us that the reading and learning never stops. George goes into detail about his career and educational path along with what he wished he knew before his career started.

School: Stanford University
Job Title: Physician Assistant

Job Summary: Physician Assistants

Job Description

Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine under the direction of physicians and surgeons. They are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Requiredby the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$60,000 - $120,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 35 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, People skills, Empathy

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about</span> <span m='18900'>30</span> <span m='19170'>years.</span> <span m='20430'>I</span> <span m='20610'>started</span> <span m='21050'>off</span> <span m='22190'>in</span> <span m='22640'>trauma</span> <span m='22920'>medicine and</span> <span m='23410'>family</span> <span m='23760'>practice.</span> <span m='24720'>And</span> <span m='24990'>now</span> <span m='25240'>I'm</span> <span m='25370'>working</span> <span m='25710'>in</span> <span m='26656'>Grass</span> <span m='27130'>Valley,</span> <span m='27370'>California</span> <span m='29420'>in</span> <span m='29770'>an</span> <span m='29960'>urgent</span> <span m='30290'>care</span> <span m='31000'>setting</span> <span m='31680'>and</span> <span m='32090'>soon</span> <span m='32450'>to</span> <span m='32540'>take</span> <span m='32800'>over</span> <span m='33630'>a</span> <span m='34800'>chronic</span> <span m='34960'>care</span> <span m='35280'>panel,</span> <span m='35780'>which</span> <span m='36010'>means</span> <span m='36340'>I'll</span> <span m='36500'>be</span> <span m='36650'>doing</span> <span m='36900'>a</span> <span m='36990'>lot</span> <span m='37230'>of</span> <span m='37310'>work</span> <span m='37610'>with</span> <span m='38450'>chronic</span> <span m='38780'>hypertensive</span> <span m='39530'>diabetics,</span> <span m='40260'>pain</span> <span m='40550'>management.</span> </p><p><span m='42030'>I</span> <span m='42200'>work</span> <span m='42490'>for</span> <span m='42660'>Barton</span> <span m='43030'>Associates</span> <span m='43860'>which</span> <span m='44290'>is</span> <span m='44450'>a</span> <span m='44840'>local</span> <span m='45210'>tenens</span> <span m='45630'>group.</span> <span m='47100'>And</span> <span m='47570'>so</span> <span m='47910'>basically</span> <span m='48740'>throughout</span> <span m='49070'>my</span> <span m='49200'>career</span> <span m='50830'>for</span> <span m='50990'>the</span> <span m='51070'>first</span> <span m='51840'>15,</span> <span m='52040'>20</span> <span m='52590'>years</span> <span m='52870'>I</span> <span m='52920'>was</span> <span m='53020'>in</span> <span m='53110'>private</span> <span m='53490'>practice</span> <span m='54920'>in</span> <span m='55110'>the</span> <span m='55170'>Bay</span> <span m='55360'>Area,</span> <span m='56090'>Oakland,</span> <span m='57640'>Berkeley,</span> <span m='59210'>Richmond,</span> <span m='61090'>San</span> <span m='61360'>Francisco.</span> <span m='62550'>And</span> <span m='62820'>then</span> <span m='64280'>as</span> <span m='65410'>life</span> <span m='65660'>changes,</span> <span m='66200'>I</span> <span m='66580'>decided</span> <span m='67000'>to</span> <span m='67100'>do</span> <span m='67280'>local</span> <span m='67570'>tenens</span> <span m='67870'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='68650'>My</span> <span m='68960'>career</span> <span m='69530'>and</span> <span m='69620'>education</span> <span m='70460'>path.</span> <span m='70980'>My</span> <span m='71120'>career</span> <span m='71410'>and</span> <span m='71530'>education</span> <span m='72150'>path</span> <span m='72490'>started</span> <span m='74020'>in</span> <span m='74100'>high</span> <span m='74300'>school.</span> <span m='75880'>I</span> <span m='75970'>wasn't</span> <span m='76180'>a</span> <span m='76240'>very</span> <span m='76470'>good</span> <span m='76590'>student.</span> <span m='77660'>In</span> <span m='77750'>fact,</span> <span m='78370'>my</span> <span m='78520'>ninth</span> <span m='78800'>grade</span> <span m='79050'>year</span> <span m='79420'>I</span> <span m='79520'>was</span> <span m='79940'>kicked</span> <span m='80200'>out</span> <span m='80300'>of</span> <span m='80360'>school</span> <span m='81440'>and</span> <span m='81660'>had</span> <span m='81930'>to</span> <span m='82390'>reapply.</span> <span m='83780'>I</span> <span m='84510'>went to</span> <span m='84820'>the</span> <span m='84960'>PA</span> <span m='85040'>program.</span> <span m='85610'>I</span> <span m='85710'>didn't</span> <span m='85920'>do</span> <span m='86160'>that</span> <span m='86360'>first</span> <span m='86640'>year.</span> <span m='86870'>I</span> <span m='87245'>almost</span> <span m='87620'>flunked</span> <span m='87900'>out.</span> <span m='89530'>But</span> <span m='90350'>again</span> <span m='91140'>it</span> <span m='91300'>it's</span> <span m='91460'>for</span> <span m='91720'>you,</span> <span m='91950'>you'll</span> <span m='92100'>get</span> <span m='92340'>it.</span> <span m='93600'>They</span> <span m='94730'>put</span> <span m='94970'>me</span> <span m='95070'>on</span> <span m='95410'>academic</span> <span m='95880'>probation</span> <span m='97290'>and</span> <span m='97530'>give</span> <span m='97750'>me</span> <span m='97870'>another</span> <span m='98170'>year</span> <span m='98790'>to</span> <span m='98890'>get it</span> <span m='99110'>together.</span> <span m='101520'>And</span> <span m='102860'>I</span> <span m='102990'>think</span> <span m='103310'>what</span> <span m='103430'>happened</span> <span m='103790'>to</span> <span m='103880'>me</span> <span m='104060'>is</span> <span m='104190'>I</span> <span m='104310'>decided</span> <span m='104910'>that</span> <span m='105310'>no one was</span> <span m='105660'>going</span> <span m='105780'>to</span> <span m='105840'>put</span> <span m='106040'>me out of</span> <span m='106270'>this</span> <span m='106460'>program.</span> <span m='107690'>If</span> <span m='108610'>I</span> <span m='109110'>never</span> <span m='109540'>practiced</span> <span m='110020'>as a</span> <span m='110110'>PA, it</span> <span m='110600'>would</span> <span m='110830'>not</span> <span m='110950'>be</span> <span m='111110'>because</span> <span m='111560'>I</span> <span m='111610'>didn't</span> <span m='111820'>pass</span> <span m='112110'>this</span> <span m='112290'>course.</span> </p><p><span m='113490'>So</span> <span m='114110'>I</span> <span m='114230'>went</span> <span m='114440'>back</span> <span m='114700'>with</span> <span m='114810'>a</span> <span m='114860'>kind of</span> <span m='115260'>renewed</span> <span m='115770'>sense,</span> <span m='116720'>and</span> <span m='117460'>I</span> <span m='117590'>ended</span> <span m='117910'>up</span> <span m='120260'>studying</span> <span m='121110'>eight,</span> <span m='121540'>10, 12</span> <span m='121970'>hours</span> <span m='122270'>a</span> <span m='122390'>day.</span> <span m='123030'>I</span> <span m='123110'>consumed</span> <span m='123490'>myself</span> <span m='123960'>in</span> <span m='124030'>the</span> <span m='124130'>literature.</span> <span m='124930'>I</span> <span m='125140'>consumed</span> <span m='125330'>myself</span> <span m='125790'>in</span> <span m='125880'>the</span> <span m='125990'>information.</span> <span m='126900'>I</span> <span m='127010'>wish</span> <span m='127280'>I had known the</span> <span m='127730'>time</span> <span m='127990'>commitment</span> <span m='129570'>and</span> <span m='129780'>how</span> <span m='130190'>it</span> <span m='130289'>would</span> <span m='130449'>affect</span> <span m='130979'>me</span> <span m='131810'>and</span> <span m='131950'>change</span> <span m='132260'>me.</span> <span m='133310'>Because</span> <span m='133940'>then</span> <span m='134030'>I could</span> <span m='134190'>have</span> <span m='134350'>been</span> <span m='134460'>better</span> <span m='134720'>prepared.</span> <span m='136890'>There</span> <span m='137130'>is</span> <span m='137280'>the</span> <span m='137410'>reading</span> <span m='137740'>you</span> <span m='137870'>do</span> <span m='138170'>and</span> <span m='138290'>then</span> <span m='138420'>there is</span> <span m='138610'>the</span> <span m='138720'>extra</span> <span m='139035'>reading.</span> </p><p><span m='140190'>Now</span> <span m='140440'>I'm</span> <span m='140530'>doing the</span> <span m='140820'>extra</span> <span m='141240'>reading.</span> <span m='143160'>You</span> <span m='143450'>always</span> <span m='143570'>have</span> <span m='143660'>to</span> <span m='143750'>do</span> <span m='143880'>a</span> <span m='143930'>little</span> <span m='144080'>bit</span> <span m='144230'>more</span> <span m='144790'>in</span> <span m='144930'>order</span> <span m='145270'>to</span> <span m='145350'>be</span> <span m='146140'>competent</span> <span m='146515'>in</span> <span m='146890'>whatever</span> <span m='147030'>it is</span> <span m='147350'>you are</span> <span m='147470'>going</span> <span m='147650'>to</span> <span m='147700'>do.</span> <span m='148440'>I</span> <span m='148500'>mean,</span> <span m='148950'>there are</span> <span m='149150'>people</span> <span m='149450'>that</span> <span m='149560'>just</span> <span m='149840'>do</span> <span m='149990'>something</span> <span m='150320'>and</span> <span m='150430'>there are</span> <span m='150690'>people</span> <span m='150920'>that are</span> <span m='151130'>competent</span> <span m='151770'>at</span> <span m='151950'>it,</span> <span m='152480'>and</span> <span m='152710'>they</span> <span m='152850'>excel</span> <span m='153410'>at</span> <span m='153550'>it.</span> <span m='154342'>Where</span> <span m='154680'>I'm</span> <span m='154840'>at</span> <span m='155180'>now,</span> <span m='155960'>I</span> <span m='156200'>don't</span> <span m='156530'>even want</span> <span m='156760'>to be</span> <span m='156880'>competent,</span> <span m='157310'>I</span> <span m='157370'>want</span> <span m='157570'>to</span> <span m='157610'>excel.</span> </p>","file":{"id":666941,"video_id":"","name":"3123-PA.mp4","duration":158847,"thumbnail_url":null}});