The physician assistant workforce rose an estimated 8 percent in 2006 and is projected to total about 63,600 as of Jan. 1, 2007, according to the American Academy of Physician Assistants. The Alexandria, Va.-based professional group estimated 85 percent of those eligible to practice as physician assistants are in the workforce, up from 83 percent a year ago. On average, physician assistants’ income rose 4 percent to $84,396 in 2006 from $81,129 in 2005, after adjusting for inflation. Those who did not change jobs saw smaller average income gains in 2006 -- an estimated 2.2 percent -- than the 4.1 percent increase reported by those who landed new positions. The workforce estimation is based on graduation, certification, licensing and AAPA membership data. The association calculated income changes using 2004, 2005 and 2006 survey data from full-time physician assistants who provided information two years in a row.
Physician Assistant Workforce Rises
A new artificial-intelligence-based approach to image reconstruction, called AUTOMAP, yields higher quality images from less data, reducing radiation doses for CT and PET and shortening scan times for MRI. Shown here are MR images reconstructed from the same data with conventional approaches, at left, and AUTOMAP, at right. Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital
This figure shows reduced hippocampal volume over the course of 6 years as seen on progressive volumetric analysis and also coronal MRI evaluations (arrows).Progressive volume loss in the mesial temporal lobe on MRI is a characteristic imaging feature of AD. This patient was a case of Alzheimer’s Dementia.