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Web site spotlight: Are hospitalist physician assistants the answer to shortages?

Nurse Leader Insider, March 22, 2010

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It's no secret that hospitals across the country struggle with many challenges. Among them is a pressing shortage of hospital physicians and restrictions on resident duty hours that can sometimes leave a vacuum of care providers. That's where the hospitalist physician assistant (PA) can help fill the void.

Mayo Clinic Arizona announced the first postgraduate PA fellowship dedicated to hospital medicine in the country, according to the paper, "A hospitalist postgraduate training program for physician assistants," published in the January Journal of Hospital Medicine. Unlike traditional PA training programs, this optional postgraduate program focuses on the inpatient setting.

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