National PA Week 2017
October 04, 2017 - Skilled Wound Care
It’s National Physician’s Assistant Week - and we couldn’t be happier!
Every year, we celebrate National PA Week from October 6-12, and recognize the important contributions that PAs (physician assistants) make to America’s healthcare system. This year, PA Week is especially exciting, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the profession – and 50 years of providing the best possible care to our patients.
PAs are nationally certified and state-licensed medical professionals who practice on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. There are currently more than 115,000 PAs in the country and they are a key part of the collaborative care team making sure patients receive the best care possible from Skilled Wound Care.
Many people don’t know that PAs practice in every medical and surgical specialty (including wound care, of course!). They also conduct physical exams, perform medical procedures, first assist in surgery, counsel patients on preventative healthcare, coordinate patient care, make rounds in nursing homes and hospitals, and conduct clinical research. PAs are also educated through graduate-level programs that average 27 months and require the same prerequisite courses as medical schools. All PA students complete at least 2,000 hours of clinical rotations, which cover every major specialty, from family medicine to general surgery to emergency medicine.
Here at Skilled Wound Care, we believe in our PAs and are proud of the hard work they do every day, and during PA Week, we are proud to recognize the PAs on our team and celebrate all they do for the health of the patients they serve.
So to all our physician assistant colleagues and friends - here’s to you! Thank you for all that you do!
Skilled Wound Care is a mobile surgical practice committed to transforming the chronic wound care model in nursing facilities. Wound care experts make weekly bedside visits to patients in long-term care facilities, avoiding transfers to hospitals or clinics. Our expert physicians give patients the most up-to-date and effective wound treatments, and educate facility staff on how to help patients continue to heal quickly and effectively between visits. This model of collaborative care allows SWC’s physicians to improve patients’ lives and health outcomes, to empower nursing staff, and to raise public awareness. Skilled Wound Care, along with its nurse and nursing home partners, is working every day to positively transform traditional nursing home wound care.