Lenox Hill Hospital celebrated Physician Assistant Week by hosting its annual career day for students

New York City high school students took a class on blood pressure measurements during career day.

Lenox Hill Hospital celebrated Physician Assistant (PA) Week by hosting its annual career day for New York City high school students.

Nearly 80 students from two high schools attended the annual event, which was led by Jonathan Sobel, senior administrative director for PA services at Lenox Hill Hospital. They learned how to take a blood pressure and ultrasound, and experienced a simulated medical emergency using a dummy - better known as Mr. Sim. They also learned about the history of the profession, which is now in its 50th year.

The role of the PA was created in response to a shortage of primary care physicians in the mid 1960s. Today, there are more than 115,000 certified PAs in the United States and studies have shown that they help reduce hospital readmission rates, lengths of stay and infection rates.