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

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, February 26, 2010

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 post-graduate 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 issue of Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Unlike traditional PA training programs, this optional post-graduate program focuses on the inpatient setting.

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