36% of physician assistants are less satisfied with profession since COVID-19 

Thirty-six percent of physician assistants experienced decreased satisfaction with the profession during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Medscape's "Physician Assistant Career Satisfaction Report 2022."

Medscape surveyed more than 5,000 licensed physician assistants across the country for the annual report. 

Four key findings: 

  • Six percent of physician assistants said they experienced increased satisfaction and 59 percent did not experience a change in satisfaction. 

  • Eighty percent of physician assistants said they have treated COVID-19 patients, but only 54 percent said they are always equipped with adequate personal protective equipment. 

  • Forty-two percent of physician assistants said they favor being called physician associates while 43 percent neither favor nor oppose.

  • Seventy-nine percent of physician assistants are in favor of a change allowing them to bill Medicare directly for their work, which went into effect Jan. 1.


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