Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Local PA receives new specialty credential

Brian SparksBrian W. Sparks of Minden was recently awarded a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Emergency Medicine from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). He earned that distinction by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing an exam in the specialty.

Sparks, who is employed by The Schumacher Group, the contracting company for the Minden Medical Center Emergency Department, is one of only two PAs Certified Emergency Medicine in Louisiana that have achieved this distinction.

"We encourage and support our professionals as they further their education to document their expertise in their profession. We were proud that Brian chose to attain this certification. The certification shows his commitment to the highly specialized field of Emergency Medicine, " said Donna Carter, Chief Nursing Officer.

Brian received a Bachelor of Science in PA Studies from LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and then a Master of Science in Advanced PA Studies from A. T. Still University's Arizona School of Health Sciences. While working on his Bachelors' degree Brain served as his program's class president. He completed clinical rotations at various area hospitals, including the Minden Medical Center Emergency Department and the LSUHSC Emergency Department while in PA school.

"With the growing pressure to provide high quality, compassionate care in a rapid and efficient manner, the Schumacher Group is proud to have outstanding providers like Brian Sparks working with us in the local community. We applaud him for obtaining this additional training and recognition in Emergency Medicine," Mark Mitchell, DO, FACOEP, FACEP, Senior Vice President – Provider Service.

PAs are licensed and certified health care professionals who practice medicine in partnership with one or more physicians and wealth of knowledge and skills to patient care. Though their role in any particular workplace is determined in consultation with the supervising physician, certified PAs can take histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery, perform a variety of procedures, and write prescriptions.

The National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the certifying organization for physician assistants in the United States. Since its inception as a not-for-profit organization in 1975, more than 100,000 physician assistants have been certified by the NCCPA, and more than 90,000 are certified today. In addition to its CAQ program, NCCPA also administers initial and recertifying exams, and has an established program for certification maintenance.

"With the growing need for emergency providers we were able to recommended Brian to The Schumacher Group having worked with him as an EMT and Paramedic with over 20 years of emergency medicine and critical care experience in the local EMS system. His experience, dedication, and care of patients is a great addition to our ED," noted Donna Carter, CNO.






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