Two phenomena are shaping physician assistants and their futures: change in human societies and change in health care delivery
The physician assistant (PA) is a global phenomenon: a product of medicine that enjoys unparalleled success within the health profession in many societies. Born in the 1960s, nurtured in the 1970s, and grown in the 1980s, the PA proved to be a capable player in American health policy in the 1990s. By 2000, the PA had emerged in a handful of countries, and by 2015, PAs will surpass 100 000 worldwide.1
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