HHS Grants to Help Veterans Get Jobs as Physician Assistants
From a Department of Health and Human Services News Release
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2012
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $2.3 million in grants to train primary care physician assistants and help veterans transition from the military to civilian physician assistant careers when they return home.
Funded under the Physician Assistant Training in Primary Care Program, the five-year grants aim to increase the number of physician assistant graduates who become primary care clinicians and teachers, officials said. 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 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,” 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 grants, awarded to 12 institutions, support educational programs that train physician assistants to practice in primary care settings, and help individuals who will teach primary care in physician assistant training programs, preparing trainees to enter practice in primary care settings.