Local physician assistant receives specialty credential

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Justin Kilgore, PA-C, a physician assistant at Adirondack Health, is one of only 108 certified physician assistants (PA-Cs) nationally to recently earn a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Kilgore was awarded a CAQ in emergency medicine, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing an exam in the specialty. He is one of only 39 certified PAs in New York and 530 certified PAs nationally, to earn a CAQ since the program’s inception in 2011.

“The demand for certified PAs in the era of health care reform is skyrocketing,” said NCCPA Board Chairman James Cannon, D.H.A., PA-C, himself a recipient of the CAQ in psychiatry. “The CAQ validates, in an objective way, a certified PA’s understanding and experience in a specialty area. It is good news for the public as these PAs are doing over and above what is required for state licensure by earning this valuable credential. It is also good news for physician specialists who are likely to appreciate PAs who go the extra mile to expand their skills, adding value to the practice with a clinician who holds both primary care and specialty certificates.”