Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine is trying to fill care gaps in rural communities by training more primary care physicians. The new Lincoln Scholars program aims to fill those gaps by fast-tracking physician training. How exactly are they doing that? By having select medical students train with the PAs.
Oceania University of Medicine is the world’s first and only online medical school. While they’ve been around since 2002, they still haven’t gained much recognition or respect. But why? Is there something inherently wrong with online education or does it have more to do with “us vs them”?
Once upon a time, LECOM’s PA to DO bridge was novel and exciting. I’ve considered it many times. Their Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway (APAP) is designed to bridge the gap between PA and physician. But it’s far from the perfect PA bridge program and doesn’t do much to incentive experienced PAs to matriculate.
I’m not ashamed to say that this is a phrase I’ve Googled many times: pa to md bridge. Or: physician assistant to md bridge program. Why? Because as capable and competent as I’ve become after 8 years of practicing primary care medicine, I want to be able to do more for my patients.