Medelita Celebrates National PA Week
on: October 15, 2008, 4:08 am
Press Release Author: Lara Manchik
Release Summary: PA-turned-entrepreneur salutes fellow physician
assistants for their contributions to quality patient care and
to the medical field. PA Erin Sherer exemplifies this year’s
theme: Certified Physician Assistants: Valued Partners in Care.
Release Body: San Clemente, CA – Oct. 9, 2008 - Enter the
emergency room of MidMichigan Medical Center in the rural community
of Gladwin, and chances are you’ll be treated not by a physician
but by Physician Assistant Erin Sherer. From ordering and interpreting
x-rays, to stitching up cuts, to writing prescriptions, Erin —
like all licensed PAs — is exceptionally well qualified
to complete an array of medical procedures traditionally performed
by physicians. Rest assured, with Erin on your case, you’re
in excellent hands.
Sherer is an exemplary representative of the rapidly expanding
number of Physician Assistants working in health care. Today,
you’ll find PAs like Erin playing a central role in all
areas of medicine — from the patient’s bedside to
the operating table to the front of a university classroom. Licensed
to practice medicine with physician supervision, PAs perform many
of the same duties as their physician counterparts; they conduct
physicals, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and decipher tests,
counsel patients, write prescriptions, assist in surgery, even
teach other aspiring PAs.
all, they’re making a tremendous positive impact on the
quality of health care and patient outcomes. Just ask the physicians
who collaborate with them in the daily delivery of care. Increasingly,
doctors have come to rely on their PAs as valued partners. The
PA-physician relationship is built on mutual trust and respect.
Physicians entrust PAs to expertly assume many of the primary
care responsibilities, freeing doctors to focus their energies
and time where they’re needed most. PAs, in turn, are rigorously
trained to know when to make medical decisions, and when to refer
patients to specialized physicians.
complementary relationship is at the core of the PA education
model, which closely mirrors the medical training doctors receive
— only in a highly accelerated format. Introduced in the
mid 1960s, in response to a shortage of primary care physicians,
the earliest PA programs were based on the fast-track training
received by World War II doctors. In fact, the first PA students
were Navy corpsmen who had received medical training while serving
in the Vietnam War.
PA students — many of them women — may look a lot
different than their corpsman predecessors, but they undergo equally
rigorous, highly intensive training and preparation. On top of
their heavy course load, PA students conduct clinical rotations
(much like medical students), and pass a national certification
examination — which they are required to retake very six
years. PA Erin Sherer vividly recalls the challenge of PA school
and preparing for the exam. “There were many things that
I simply opted out of, because I had to focus my time and energy
toward studying. Like sleep, for example!”
result of this extreme level of dedication, commitment and sacrifice:
Physician Assistants have become instrumental and integral members
of their medical teams — valued by physicians and appreciated
by patients. Their work is not going unnoticed. Celebrated every
year between October 6 ¬– 12, National PA Week
honors the vital role PAs play in elevating patient care. Joining
in the chorus of praise, is medelita™ —
makers of premium lab coats and scrubs professionally tailored
for women working in health care. Women like Erin Sherer.
honor of National PA Week, medelita
is pleased to feature PA Erin Sherer on its Women
In Healthcare web page. Says medelita
founder and fellow PA Lara Manchik, “PAs
like Erin exemplify the extraordinary level of professionalism,
competence and dedication of women working in health care. We
are proud of the contributions PAs have made to patient care.
They deserve to feel comfortable and confident as they perform
their important work. Our mission is to help them feel great about
what they do — and look great while they’re doing
all PAs — past, present and future — medelita
salutes you. You have raised the bar in patient care. We’re
pleased to help raise awareness for the critical work you do.
Medelita has one purpose - to reinvent the way women of all healthcare
professions present themselves at work by offering the highest
quality, best fitting, and most comfortable scrubs and lab coats
available. Medelita caters to professional women who want their
uniforms to embody the poise and confidence already displayed
from within. For more information, visit our website at http://www.medelita.com
or call (877) 987-7979.
About National PA Week
National PA Week is celebrated each year October 6-12. The week
serves to celebrate the significant impact PAs have made and continue
to make in health care, expand awareness of the profession and
to salute the outstanding growth of the Physician Assistant profession.
For more information, visit http://www.aapa.org/.
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