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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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For those interested in more information, there's a new website created by NCSL and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials that focuses on scope of practice policies for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists and dental therapists in all 50 states, D.
Having a physician assistant student for a full-time four- to six-week rotation or a nurse practitioner student for a practicum of 40 to 160 hours over a 10-week term can function as an extended job interview," according to the Lane County primary care shortage project report.
This collaboration was difficult to organize due to the grueling schedules of both the WVSOM and UC Physician Assistant 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.
1) NZN0 (2009) Submission on the regulation and training of physician assistants.
We believe Eric is the only full-time firefighter in Massachusetts who is also working as a physician assistant,'' Chief Coleman said.
Wasting no time, Shaw did her research, and applied to the physician assistant professional degree program at the University of Toronto.
Stanley finished her bachelor's degree in biology in three years, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 2012, when she was accepted to the master's of physician assistant studies program.
Barbieri and the OBG Management team for including me and other nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the mailing list.
Shipman reported that since 2001 the number of nurse practitioner graduates across the country has risen 69 percent, while physician assistant graduates have increased 41 percent, according to new data from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
A physician assistant made the same diagnosis as the physician.
The statement also calls for innovations within the professional-education system to encourage coordinated training of medical students, family medicine residents, and physician assistant students.

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