ISSUE: Initially the PA model was seen as a means to address widespread staffing shortages, but now it is more of a move toward innovation, cost effectiveness, and improving the quality of medical care.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT APPLICABILITY The model is a bit different: it is a work study model that is  tied to one specialty.  PAs work mainly in surgical specialties with education funded by the Ministry of Healthcare and the Ministry of Education. Representatives have attended AAPA conferences and made consultative visits to US PA programs, AAPA, PAEA. There are 5 PA programs in the Netherlands, located in Nijmegen, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Groningen, and Rotterdam.

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