Career Pathway: Physician Associate
What are the entry requirements to train as a Physician Associate?
PAs trained in the UK have undertaken postgraduate medical training in PA studies. These studies are spread over a period of at least 90 weeks, split 50:50 between theory and clinical practice.
This is an intensive 2-year course based on the Competence and curriculum framework for the PA, consisting of theoretical learning in medical sciences, pharmacology and clinical reasoning, as well as clinical placement experience in a wide variety of settings.
To enrol on a PA programme, students must already hold
an undergraduate degree, usually in a biomedical or health/ life science field, and have some prior health or social care experience. Most programmes offer a postgraduate diploma in PA studies, with some offering master’s qualifications.
What courses are available in South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw?
- University of Sheffield- MMedSci Physician Associate Studies (2 years PGDip)
- Sheffield Hallam University- MSc Physician Associate Studies (2 years PGDip)
What support is available for Physician Associates working in General Practice in South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw?
Please visit the Initiatives/ Support available link at the bottom of this page to find out more.
Where can the Physician Associate role lead?
After 5–7 years, some will be classed as senior PAs; however, career progression for a PA is more closely aligned with the advancement of knowledge and skills in practice, rather than with time.
Over time, a PA will start to see more increasingly complex patients and take on more responsibility. There may be opportunities to develop and train into specialist roles within Primary Care, education roles (e.g. secondment to university PA programmes/ Training Hubs) and some PAs may become partners in their practice.