Physician Assistant (PA)
- Surgeon Assistant – assists surgeons in the operating room.
- Anesthesiology Assistant – assists the anesthesiologist with duties.
- Neonatology – assists neonatologists (specialists in diseases and care of newborns).
- Emergency Medicine – assists emergency room physicians.
- Family Practice
- Internal Medicine
- Geriatric Medicine
- Pediatric Medicine
- Physician Assistants work in primary, specialty, and long-term care,
providing patient services under the supervision of a licensed
- They handle common problems and educate patients, allowing
doctors to concentrate on the more difficult cases. They can treat cuts
and burns, apply and remove casts, give injections, and take blood
samples. They perform minor office surgery and give emergency care, as
well as assisting doctors in major surgeries.
- Their scope of practice include performing routine examination,
diagnostic tests, rehabilitative and preventive healthcare, health
screenings management or therapy for chronic health problems, minor
surgical procedures, assisting with surgery and issuing prescription
orders and medications.
- They support and consult with physicians regularly.
- Laws and regulations vary for practices of physician assistants.
- PA’s work in a variety of settings including physician’s
private offices, hospitals, clinics, public health clinics, nursing
homes, and rehabilitation centers.
- Physician Assistants enjoy working in the field of medicine. Their
responsibilities can be emotionally and physically demanding but also
challenging and rewarding.
- They always have physicians to consult with, which removes some of the stress of working in the medical field.
- They also have more flexible hours than physicians do.
- Some would like to work independently instead of always for a doctor.