Medsembly: One PA’s Dream to Bridge the Gap Between Healthcare Hopefuls and Healthcare Heroes

Mentorship is integral for just about every industry. However, if one sector benefits from mentorship the most, it is healthcare. Given the rigors, responsibilities, and stress healthcare workers face, it is imperative students are well prepared for a career in medicine and I’m on a mission to bridge the gap between students and professionals by helping students achieve their career goals and smoothly transition into healthcare.

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Is Medicine a Calling or Just a Job?

Working in healthcare may be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Caring for people’s well being requires knowledge, compassion, patience, selflessness, humility, and professionalism. Even small decisions are made with care and caution. But things aren’t getting any easier. Why do we do it? For the love of it? For the money? Both? Let’s talk about medicine as a calling or just another job.

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Meet Jonathan Corrigan, PA and Doctor of Health Science

Dr. Jonathan Corrigan is one of those old-school PAs who’s been around for a while. He entered the medical field almost 20 years ago when PAs were still getting Bachelor’s degrees. Demonstrating the flexibility and legendary lateral mobility of the generalist PA, Dr. Corrigan has done everything from hospital and emergency medicine to being the VP of Health Services at an occupational health company.

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PA Employment and Supervisory Laws

PAs serve a crucial role in improving patient access to healthcare. This data indicates that participants attribute a decline in PA employment opportunities to state legislative restrictions, which was exacerbated by SARS-CoV-2 in many states. Supervisory laws may be reducing patient access to care across all states and specialties. Participants suggested that the PA profession should seek to remove these practice barriers and better educate employers and the public to keep the PA profession viable in a constantly evolving healthcare landscape. As the clinician shortage in the US continues to worsen, barriers to PA employment will further exacerbate patient access to care.

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Mid-level is offensive to patients, physicians, and PAs. Stop saying it.

Is the term mid-level provider offensive? Yes, yes it is. And worse yet it’s not an accurate description of the care provided by PAs and NPs. So where did the term mid-level provider or mid-level practitioner come from and what should we be saying instead? Let’s start with the origin of the term itself.

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