Below are a few of the reasons I chose to become a PA (this list isn’t exhaustive):
Life-long Learning: As a PA, you are constantly learning new things whether from work, self-study, CME, or colleagues. This provides endless opportunities for professional development. As someone who loves learning and being challenged, this aspect of the profession is appealing.
Lateral Mobility: Medicine is a broad field. The PA profession allows one to practice in different clinical settings and medical specialties without the need for additional training. Having the ability to seamlessly transition between medical specialties was a major draw for me.
Flexibility: There is a ton of flexibility within the PA profession. This includes different types of work schedules such as FT, PT, Per Diem, etc. There is also a great degree of geographic flexibility and this will only increase as more provinces and territories embrace the PA profession.
Employability & Positive Career Outlook: With the growing shortage of HCPs, ageing population, and low risk of automation, I think we’ll see an increasing demand for PAs in the future.
Building Relationship with Patients: Being a PA allows you to form meaningful connections with your patients.
Increasing access to quality care: PAs help increase access to care by reducing wait times, decreasing physician burnout, working with underserved communities, and reducing healthcare costs, among other things.