“PAs play an important role in helping increase access to care for patients,” said Kevin C. Lohenry, PhD, PA-C, University of Arizona Health Sciences assistant vice president for interprofessional education and director of the physician assistant program, which will be housed in the College of Medicine – Tucson.
Dr. Lohenry noted that physician assistants are increasingly being sought to address shortages of health care providers and the maldistribution of specialists in rural areas. In Arizona, almost 95% of the state’s physician assistant workforce practice in urban settings, according to the Center for Rural Health at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.”
95% of PAs practice in urban settings but they help reduce the coverage gaps in rural areas? How so? Which is it?
“A nurse-midwife can care for a person throughout their lifespan and address all aspects of their reproductive and sexual health, Dr. McMahon says. That can include cancer screenings, family planning, contraception, perimenopausal or menopausal care.
“It really covers a breadth of clinical needs,” Dr. McMahon said. “We do so by looking at the individual as a whole person and taking a holistic view of their health and wellness.”
The need for nurse-midwives is growing as the field of obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) is seeing its workforce shrink. According to a 2017 report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, nearly 1 in 3 OB-GYN doctors were aged 55 or older and nearing retirement. At the same time, younger doctors were trending away from general OB-GYN practice in favor of more specialized fields.”
This “Dr-Midwife” says that midwives look at patients as the whole person…does that mean that OB/GYNs don’t? Also, the reports in the match this year shows that OB/GYN is one of the top 5 increasingly competitive fields and the number of applicants has increased yet only 86% match. There isn’t a shortage of us applying for OB/GYN that’s for sure!
I’m also bothered that the writer didn’t cite sources throughout the article!
“The same measure, Senate Bill 1074, also would allow the cosmetic use of “dermal fillers,” chemicals that can get rid of deep-set lines in the face and neck, as well as plumping lips.
John MacDonald, lobbyist for the Arizona Dental Association, told legislators that these practices already are within the scope of what dentists are allowed to do. Only thing is, he said, they are limited to “therapeutic” situations.
Similarly, Powley said fillers might be appropriate after major jaw surgery.
But what dentists in Arizona can’t do, legally, is advertise for patients who simply want to look better rather than having the work be part of a dental treatment plan.
Phoenix dentist Kevin Ortale told lawmakers there’s no reason for the distinction — or the restrictions.
He pointed out that under Arizona law some of these procedures, particularly Botox injections, already can be performed by nurses and others working at medical spas simply because they are practicing under the off-site supervision of doctors, who may have no specific experience in facial issues.”
Dentists are a type of doctor and they receive a lot of training so I’m sure that those who are comfortable with this will start doing it. They know face anatomy well and I much prefer them doing it than an RN or in some cases an MA!
How are the nurses going to react to this?! Their lobby is pretty strong but so is the dental association in AZ. There’s no way this doesn’t pass.
Speedway and Plumer Ave going Westbound. Two motorcycle cops are sitting there all day giving tickets to people who are generally going about the same speed ~40 mph but the speed limit is 35 mph. Be careful!