Physician Assistants are a relatively new specialty created in response to the shortage of primary care physicians in rural areas, and the PA profession is now well established with over 100,000 graduates of accredited PA programs. The training time is a little shorter than that for a primary care physician, which does make the profession comparatively accessible and more cost effective. Klarisse Mathis is based in Manhattan and sees patients from all kinds of backgrounds, including providing care to immigrant and refugee children – New York City has every aspect of diversity. In today’s podcast Klarisse talks about her life as a Manhattan PA, the challenges and rewards, and shares her observations on health disparities and meeting the needs of minority populations. With podcast host Eileen Body.