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physician assistant

(PA), health-care professional who provides patient services ranging from taking medical histories and doing physical examinations to performing minor surgical procedures; often called physician's assistant. Physician assistants work under the supervision of a physician, who can be on or off site. PAs receive two years of postgraduate training and pass a national certifying exam. They are licensed by the states. PAs, who typically deliver quality routine health care less expensively than doctors, are an increasingly important part of the American health-care system, as they are in Canada and some European countries.
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This review helps readers prepare for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam or the Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam.
In rural and other medically under-served communities, physician assistants may be the only health care professional available for hospice care.
New Jersey lawmakers, for example, voted last year to allow greater flexibility in the way physician assistants provide care.
In 2012, Lane County had about 900 full-time- equivalent medical doctors, 150 FTE nurse practitioners and 75 FTE physician assistants - throughout the health care industry, not just in primary care, the report said.
On April 17, 2015, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Charleston Division, and University of Charleston Physician Assistant program made a benchmark achievement in the early collaboration and education of their students.
Some have suggested that making too much use of non-physician providers could hurt patient care, by weakening the relationship between primary care physicians and their patients, but physicians themselves have been eager to expand capacity by hiring physician assistants.
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What's slowed the process so far is that many provinces don't have permanent programs in place that make it easy for doctors to hire physician assistants.
A random phone poll of 150 physicians, 150 physician assistants and 150 pharmacists, conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind on behalf of GPhA, found strong reservations about many of the rule's key provisions among all three groups.
Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are more likely than physicians to offer health education to patients with chronic illness, found a March study in Preventing Chronic Disease.
helps physician assistants and students prepare for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and Physician Assistant National Recertification Examination (PANRE) with this study guide containing about 600 review questions with answers and rationales.

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