Susan Salka, CEO of San Diego-based AMN Healthcare Inc., says growth in physician assistants and nurse practitioners is driven in part by the desire of newer physicians to work fewer hours.

Susan Salka, CEO of San Diego-based AMN Healthcare Inc., says growth in physician assistants and nurse practitioners is driven in part by the desire of newer physicians to work fewer hours. Photo by Melissa Jacobs.

A new model of “team-based” patient care in San Diego County could fill the gaps left by doctor shortages as hospitals and medical groups divvy up responsibilities among less-costly support staff, such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners...

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