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The Department of Veteran Affairs is the largest single employer of Physician Assistants (PA) in the U.S and currently employs approximately 1900 PAs. PAs are highly-trained healthcare professionals who are recognized in all 50 States and the Department of Defense (DoD) as being qualified to practice medicine under the general supervision of a physician. The PA role is that of a clinician with delegated practice autonomy. PAs are well suited to provide high-quality primary care due to the focus of training in this area. PAs are also trained in medical and surgical specialties and are currently utilized in virtually all specialties and subspecialties providing direct patient care, performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures within their scope of practice, and assisting in the operating room. Approximately thirty-five percent of VHA PAs are Veterans providing them with a heightened awareness of situations, stresses, and experiences unique to Veteran patients.
The Physician Assistant Advisor (PAA) to the Under Secretary of Health is responsible to the USH for all matters concerning recruitment and retention of PAs in VHA. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the PAs and/or this webpage, please don’t hesitate to contact the PAA at Physicians Assistants Program Office.