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Specialty VS General Practice/Family Medicine


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When I first became a PA, there was no such thing as PAs going into a specialty. That was not their purpose. Now it seems more PAs specialize than practice general medicine. I admit I don't know the numbers exactly.

 

That prompts me to ask a question: has specializing helped or hindered the PA profession and concept?

 

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I think we will see required residencies and specialty exams for pa's in specialty fields within our careers. the "optional" nccpa specialty CAQ starts this yr for several different fields

this will entice many pa's back into primary care as the path of least resistance.

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I tried a few different specialties (Interventional Rad, Ortho(brief), Pain Management, ER) but ended up back in primary care (course I am a little strange)

 

 

Found I like being the first person to see a new person - the oncologist almost never gets to dx a new primary CA, the ER provider almost never gets to follow through, pain management was actually cool but the director (since fired) was 100% nuts, an egomaniac, and the worst doctor I have ever worked with......

 

 

In primary care I get to Dx all sorts of crazy stuff and see every speciality first... then refer to the specialist..... and I get to learn from all the consults coming back....

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