Establishes a demonstration program of physician assistant training in underserved areas by students of foreign institutions.
BILL NUMBER:S2219 REVISED MEMO 05/14/13
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a demonstration program of physician assistant training in underserved areas by students of foreign institutions, and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
To increase access to physician assistant services in underserved areas by establishing a program that would permit foreign medical school students, having completed a clinical training program in an underserved area, to register with the State Education Department.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section. 1 Creates a physician assistant training demonstration program by amending the Education Law to require the Commissioner of Education to approve programs offered by foreign medical schools. The program would be required to include supervised clinical training in an underserved area and classroom work that is equivalent to that required by Section 6541 of the Education Law for students enrolled in approved domestic programs. Section 1 also sets forth the purpose of the act.
Section 2. Directs the Commissioner of Education to establish a process by which foreign medical school physician assistant program classroom work and clinical training may be approved.
Section 3. Directs the Commissioner of Education to approve a physician assistant graduate mart for those persons completing approved programs described in Section 1.
Section 4. Limits the number of registration applications acceptable pursuant to the program established by this legislation to 250 in any twelve month period.
Section 5, Establishes that the act shall take effect immediately and expire in five years.
It is essential to have a constant supply of medical professionals to provide quality health care, Unfortunately, fewer medical school students are choosing to become general practitioners just as many general practitioners are leaving the profession at an alarming rate. Indeed, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has reported that over 25% of physicians are 60 years of age or older and projected that the United States will experience a shortage of over 130,000 full time equivalent physicians by 2025. Furthermore, a study by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), the finding of which were released in its 2011 Physician Advocacy Survey, found that 109 state hospitals report a shortage of a total of 763 doctors, This growing shortage of medical professionals is occurring just as the estimated 78 million baby boomers begin to reach the age of 65.
Physician assistants practice medicine under the direction of physicians and surgeons and are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses and provide treatment. These professionals often provide primary care services that are suitable to the alternative of general practice medical doctor services.
This bill would ease the burden on our State's medical professionals by increasing the supply of primary care services by allowing foreign medical school physician assistant students to perform clinical training in underserved communities. Currently, the State Education Department does not register graduates of foreign medical school physician assistant programs. This legislation would establish a foreign student registration system with standards equivalent to those used to review students that complete domestic programs and then seek to register in the State.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2219 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 14, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a demon- stration program of physician assistant training in underserved areas by students of foreign institutions, and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6545-a to read as follows: S 6545-A. DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT TRAINING IN UNDERSERVED AREAS BY STUDENTS OF FOREIGN INSTITUTIONS. 1. THE COMMIS- SIONER SHALL CLASSIFY AS AN APPROVED PROGRAM FOR THE TRAINING OF PHYSI- CIAN ASSISTANTS A PROGRAM THAT INCLUDES SUPERVISED CLINICAL TRAINING IN AN UNDERSERVED AREA, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION NINE HUNDRED ONE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, AND CLASSROOM WORK PERFORMED AT AN INSTITUTION LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES THAT HAS BEEN ACCRED- ITED IN A MANNER ACCEPTABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT, PROVIDED THAT SUCH CLIN- ICAL TRAINING AND CLASSROOM WORK SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF PARAGRAPH (E) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED FORTY-ONE OF THIS CHAPTER. 2. THE PURPOSE OF APPROVING PROGRAMS PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION IS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE IN UNDERSERVED AREAS. S 2. The commissioner of education shall, within 180 days after the effective date of this act, establish a process by which a classroom work and clinical training program offered by any institution located outside of the United States for the purpose of training physician assistants pursuant to section 6541 of the education law may be approved for such purpose. S 3. The commissioner of education shall, within 180 days after the effective date of this act, approve of an examination required of appli-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06206-01-3 S. 2219 2
cants for registration as a physician assistant, as defined by section 6540 of the education law, who have completed the approved program as described in section one of this act, provided that such examination shall adequately assess entry level skills for the profession of physi- cian assistant as determined by the department. S 4. The commissioner of education during any twelve month period may approve for registration as a physician assistant, as defined by section 6540 of the education law, up to two hundred fifty persons that have completed an approved program as described in section one of this act and have satisfied all other requirements of subdivision one of section 6541 of the education law. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed five years after such date.