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An opportunity for PAs as obstetrical laborists

Berkowitz, Oren, PhD, PA-C; White, Susan, E., MD, FACOG

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: February 2018 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - p 40–43
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000529774.75649.c1
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ABSTRACT The obstetrical laborist, based on the hospitalist model, can improve quality and safety of labor and delivery care. A laborist can be a physician assistant (PA), certified nurse midwife, or obstetrician/gynecologist who provides care using a scheduled shifts model. Workforce trends show a rapid increase in certified nurse midwives and PAs, which could stimulate the laborist movement and increase opportunities for PAs.

At the time this article was written, Oren Berkowitz was director of research and an assistant professor of medicine in the PA program at Boston (Mass.) University School of Medicine. He is now a senior lecturer in the department of health systems management at Ariel University in Israel. Susan E. White is director of didactic education in the PA program and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Copyright © 2018 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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