Certified Physician Assistant at Hazard ARH Nationally Recognized

3/21/2017

Jessica L. Amburgey, PA-C,  a physician assistant in the Emergency Department at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center, has been nationally recognized for earning a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 

Amburgey was recognized for earning a CAQ in Emergency Medicine, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. She is one of only five PAs in Kentucky to earn a CAQ in Emergency Medicine since the program’s inception in 2011. 

Amburgey considers the accomplishment a next logical step in her commitment to life-long learning. 

“Having CAQ recognition is a way to validate my knowledge and experience,” she explains. “It’s a way to confirm my capabilities as a clinician without direct observation.”

“Certified PAs are prepared and proven providers who contribute real value to the healthcare of this nation,” says Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C, president and CEO of NCCPA. “They graduate from demanding masters-level programs, pass a rigorous certification exam, and maintain certification at the highest level through continuing medical education programs and retesting throughout their careers. Certified PAs increase access to care for patients in every specialty and clinical setting, including those that are historically underserved.”

CAQs are offered to certified PAs in seven specialties: cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, orthopedic surgery, nephrology, pediatrics and psychiatry.

About the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants 
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only certifying organization for physician assistants (PAs) in the United States. The PA-C credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who fulfill certification, certification maintenance and recertification requirements. There are more than 115,500 certified PAs in the U.S. today. For more information, visit www.PAsDoThat.net.


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