Physician assistant education in India

Luppo Kuilman, Gomathi Sundar, K M Cherian

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The first PA program in India was established in 1992 with a focus on expanding cardiovascular surgery. Since then, eight additional programs have developed (in total seven baccalaureate and two master's level programs). Approximately 850 graduates are distributed throughout southern India with concentrations near their home universities. While all PAs are trained as generalists, most work in hospitals in specialized roles such as surgery. With service delivery a looming issue in India, there is an increased interest in the PA profession, and existing PA programs are beginning to work together to advance the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-59
Number of pages4
JournalThe journal of physician assistant education : the official journal of the Physician Assistant Education Association
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • curriculum
  • educational status
  • india
  • physician assistants
  • professional role
  • time factors


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