Wisconsin may see a shortage of four thousand doctors
in the next twenty years.
which is a loss of about 25-percent.
But a program in La Crosse is aiming to change that.
News 8's Sarah Thamer tells us about the program.
As the number of patients needing health care continues
so does a shortage of doctors.
But at UW-L, the
Physician Assistant Program is transforming
Wisconsin's health care system.
The physician assistant is considered to be capable
of performing about 80 percent of what a family practice
physician can perform, they can diagnose, they can
evaluate, treat write prescriptions do minor surgeries
and they can really fill a void.
In the 1960's, the profession was originally created
to help when there was a shorfall of doctors.
But now, officials say having physician assistants
is just as crucial as having medical doctors.
The physician assistant is just such a nice compliment
to the physician, the physician has a set of skills,
the physician's assistant has a set of skills and
together they can really provide a full scope of services
to whatever that patient and their family needs.
In the next twenty years, Wisconsin could be seeing
a shortfall of about twenty five percent of its doctors,
But if graduates from UW-L's Physician Assistant program
continue to stay and practice in the state, that percentage
For us it is nice being if you do graduate from the
program, you already have great connections with mayo
clinic as well as Gundersen which are the two rotational
sites that we utilize.
About a third of last year's graduates from the program
stayed in La Crosse, providing an added benefit...
PA's and nurse practicioners are filling that void
that we need.
In La Crosse, Sarah Thamer, News 8.
UW-L'S P-A program currently has a 100 percent pass
rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying
Every two years.
the program receives 400 applications but only 19
applicants are accepted.