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Grants support training veterans to become physician assistants

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 20, 2012

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The federal government aims to increase the primary care work force by supporting programs that train veterans to work as physician assistants. The Dept. of Health and Human Services on Aug. 2 announced $2.3 million in grants to train more PAs and help veterans transition from the military to domestic careers in health care.

“If you can save a life on the battlefield in Afghanistan, you can save a life here at home,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. “These grants will help ensure veterans who served our country can use their military medical training and get good jobs serving patients.”

The five-year grants are going to 12 institutions in 10 states with strong recruitment, retention and education programs for veterans, HHS said. The effort is part of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Physician Assistant Training in Primary Care Program, which is geared toward increasing the supply of PAs by supporting physician assistant education programs nationwide.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/08/20/prbf0820.htm.

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