Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Employability

This is a rapidly developing professional group with over 110,000 PAs now qualified and employed in the US. In the UK, 200 PAs have qualified since programmes began just eight years ago.

The General Surgery Directorate Beaumont Hospital, in collaboration with the RCSI, is piloting a two-year physician associate project which commenced in July 2015. Department of Health officials are currently engaging with the HSE and RCSI in the evaluation of this project. 

The recruitment of four international physician associates is part of this project, to demonstrate the unique support that PAs can provide in the diagnosis and management of patients. While working across a number of clincis at Beaumont Hospital, these physician associates also act as mentors and tutors for students on the PA Master's programme at RCSI.

While Physician Associates cannot be employed in the public sector until the Department of Health make this recommendation, the private sector is comitted to providing employment to RCSI qualified Physician Associates in the interim.