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​EmCare Physician Assistant Earns National Recognition

Posted on Thu, May 28, 2015
​EmCare Physician Assistant Earns National Recognition

BY: MARY RITTLE, PR Manager National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Nima M. Pourrajabi, PA-C, an EmCare-affiliated physician assistant at College Station Medical Center in Texas, has earned a specialty credential from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Pourrajabi is one of only 240 certified physician assistants (PA-Cs) in the country to receive the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the NCCPA.

Pourrajabi was awarded a CAQ in Emergency Medicine, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing an exam in the specialty. He is one of 425 certified PAs in the country to earn a CAQ in Emergency Medicine since the program’s inception in 2011.

“I believe the CAQ is the natural next step for a PA-C dedicated to emergency medicine,” said Pourrajabi of the achievement. “It helps reaffirm our passion for our specialty and stay at the cutting edge of our practice. It is an honor to have this distinction and I invite more of my colleagues to join me.”

“Certified PAs are in high demand because they are valued as medical providers who deliver quality care to the patients they serve,” said Dawn MortonRias, Ed.D., PA-C, president and CEO of NCCPA. “Now in addition to their primary certification, PAs in seven specialties can also earn a CAQ as an objective assessment of their specialty knowledge and skills. This combined with their general medical education are just two of the many reasons that demand for PAs is increasing in every clinical setting and specialty area.”

CAQs are offered to certified PAs in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, orthopaedic surgery, nephrology and psychiatry, and for the first time in 2014, hospital medicine and pediatrics.

Certified PAs are licensed and certified health care professionals who practice medicine. Certified PAs can take histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery, perform a variety of procedures and write prescriptions.