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Title:Federal Grants to help veterans get jobs as physician assistants

Date:August 2012

Source:U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Volume:Volume 3 Issue 73

Health and Human Services announce $2.3 million will be available

Washington, DC, August 2, 2012 — The new grants will be available to train primary care physician assistants (PAs)and help veterans transition from military to civilian PA careers when they return home.

Funded under the Physician Assistant Training in Primary Care Program, the 5-year grants aim to increase the number of physician assistant graduates who become primary care clinicians and teachers. Funding priority was given to grantees that have strong recruitment, retention, and education programs for veteran applicants and students, including academic recognition of medical training and experience gained during military service.

Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at HHS, the grants are part of the administration's initiative to increase the supply of primary care practitioners in the United States.

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

The grants, awarded to 12 institutions, support educational programs that train PAs to practice in primary care settings, and help individuals who will teach primary care in PA training programs, preparing trainees to enter practice in primary care settings.

Awards were granted to:

  • University of South Alabma
  • Mobile, Alabama
  • Midwestern Arizona University
  • Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Glendale, Arizona
  • Georgia Health Sciences University Research Institute Inc.
  • Augusta, Georgia
  • Bay Path College
  • Longmeadow, Massachusetts
  • University of North Dakota
  • Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • University of Nebraska
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Pacific University
  • Forest Grove, Oregon
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Houston, Texas
  • University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Seattle, Washington

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