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Physician Assistant

What does a physician assistant do? (taken from UK's Physician Assistant's Web Page)

The physician assistant functions under the supervision and responsibility of a licensed physician and is competent to:

  • elicit a comprehensive health history
  • perform physical examinations
  • interpret and evaluate diagnostic data
  • establish basic treatment plans
  • counsel and educate patients
  • respond to commonly encountered emergency care situations

Physician assistants serve in a variety of clinical settings, such as primary care practices, geriatric long-term care facilities, hospitals, correctional institutions and community-based clinics. Program graduates also are competitive for positions in clinical research, health care administration and higher education. For more information on what a PA is, see web link below.

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