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SUNY Upstate Medical University To Train Physician Assistants To Help Syracuse Area Doctors Treat More Patients

SUNY Upstate Medical University recently announced that it will now offer training to physician assistants in order to meet demands for primary care doctors throughout Upstate, Central, and Northern New York. The Upstate program is unique in that it will train physician assistants in classes combined with medical students.

Recent studies suggest that there is a shortage of primary care physicians in Central and Northern New York. The doctors who do practice in Central and Northern New York are frequently overworked and often are unable to meet the needs of a region, especially in rural areas that have a low physician-to-population ratio. Where there are many potential patients and few primary care physicians, the risk for medical malpractice is high. Physician assistants can help to reduce the chance of medical mistakes, such as a failure to diagnose a heart attack, failure to diagnose a stroke, or failure to diagnose cancer.

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who is licensed by the State of New York to practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed doctor. A PA is permitted to conduct a physical examination, diagnose and treat illnesses, refer a patient to a specialist, order and read tests, assist with surgery and write prescriptions for medications.

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of medical malpractice and hospital negligence claims, including injuries arising out of doctor mistakes, physician assistant errors, and negligence on the part of a nurse practitioner or nurse.

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and hospital negligence attorney, contact Bottar Law, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at

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