What Barriers Stand Between Physician Assistants and Rural Settings? 

 The American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) surveyed physician assistants and physician associates still in training on their interest in practicing in rural areas.  Though more than a quarter (28 percent) of the survey respondents were either already working in or interested in practicing in a rural location, respondents identified several factors as barriers to an ongoing or future practice there.  These ranged from not having career opportunities for a spouse/partner, to school concerns for their children, to specialties that could not be supported by a small population.