PAs were developed to fill the growing need for qualified medical providers back in the 1960’s. As the need developed a MD out of Duke University, Dr. Eugene A. Stead Jr, fostered the idea and developed the first program that graduated in 1965. He developed a training model after “his knowledge of the fast-track training of doctors during World War II.”
PAs have long been in the modern medical work force. Currently there are over 100,000 PAs practicing in the US. In Tennessee alone we have over 1,600 PAs working at any given time in all specialties. Tennessee now has gone from just one PA school in 2006, to six by the end of 2015! This amazing growth can be attributed to their success at filling the gap in healthcare services.
At MTENT the PAs perform in office consultations, exams, procedures and review hearing tests, imaging studies and lab results. Our PAs work hand in hand with our Surgeons (Dr. Paul Goco, Dr. Jim Fordice and Dr. Mark Converse) to construct treatment plans for all ENT related diseases and for all ages.
Please feel free to contact our office with questions about our PAs and their service here at MTENT. If you are interested in becoming a PA, please review to the below sites for information and consider contacting us for shadowing opportunities!
For more information see:
- American Academy of Physician Assistants
- Bethel University
- Christian Brothers University
- Lincoln Memorial University
- South College
- Trevecca Nazarene University
- University of Tennessee
Dan Johnston, PA-C