Physician assistant education in Germany

Luppo Kuilman, Craig Matthews, Marianne Dierks

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The first physician assistant (PA) program in Germany began in 2005. As of 2013 there are three PA programs operational, with a fourth to be inaugurated in the fall of 2013. The programs have produced approximately 100 graduates, all with a nursing background. The PA model of shifting tasks from medical doctors to PAs appears to be growing among senior physicians and hospital administrators. While the development of a German PA movement is in its nascent stage, the training, deployment, and evolution of PA training programs appears underway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-41
JournalThe journal of physician assistant education : the official journal of the Physician Assistant Education Association
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013



  • higher education
  • germany
  • 20th century
  • physician assistants

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