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Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants

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Physician Assistants Description

Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

Physician Assistants Related Job Titles

Anesthesiologist Assistant, Anesthetic Assistant, Cardiology Physician Assistant, Cardiothoracic Surgery Physician Assistant, Cardiovascular Physician Assistant, Certified Physician's Assistant, Dermatology Physician Assistant, Doctor, Doctor Assistant, Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant, Emergency Room Physician Assistant, Emergency Services Physician Assistant, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Practice Physician Assistant, General Surgery Physician Assistant, Gynecological Assistant, Medical Service Technician, Midlevel Provider, Neurosurgical Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician Assistant, Orthopaedic Physician Assistant, Orthopedic Physician Assistant, Pediatric Physician Assistant, Physician Assistant (PA), Physician Assistant Certified (PAC), Physician Extender, Physician's Assistant, Surgeon Assistant, Surgery Technician (Surgery Tech), Surgical First Assistant, Surgical Physician Assistant, Thoracic Physician Assistant,


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Physician Assistants Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of technicians and technical assistants.
  • Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition.
  • Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal.
  • Obtain, compile and record patient medical data, including health history, progress notes and results of physical examination.
  • Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients.
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
  • Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests.
  • Perform therapeutic procedures, such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and infection management.
  • Instruct and counsel patients about prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance.
  • Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.
  • Visit and observe patients on hospital rounds or house calls, updating charts, ordering therapy, and reporting back to physician.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Order medical and laboratory supplies and equipment.

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