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Physicians Assistants Becoming Backbone of Primary Care (WRAL-TV)
Fayetteville, N.C. — There's already a shortage of primary care physicians in the country. Now with health care reform, the demand will grow even greater.
More doctors are turning to physician assistants to handle many of their patients' needs. Rather than the more extensive four-plus years of medical school, physician assistants train for a little more than two years in a masters program.
Methodist University in Fayetteville is one of those programs focused on serving rural communities. Physician assistant students at Methodist get a taste of all the medical specialties, but the 27-month masters program stresses experience in primary care.