Physicians Assistant

Mike Chiofalo

I interviewed my brother, Anthony Chiofalo, who is currently in medical school. He is training to be a Physicians Assistant, or a PA. PA's, practice medicine on a team under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. They are formally educated to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment.

Interview:

How long have you been a PA?
He is currently on his first year of medical school.

What training did this require?
Must be trained in medicine and diagnostics of illnesses or injuries.

Can I do this out of high school?
No, you must attend college and get accepted into medical school.After graduation of medical school, he will become nationally certified and obtain a license that permits him to work.

How did you get involved with this job?
He first wanted to be a radiologist but he changed his mind and thought PA was a good fit for him.

Can you get tuition reimbursement?
Yes

Describe a typical day.
seeing patients and occasionally assisting in surgeries.

How much vacation time?
It depends but about four weeks

What is a job outlook for a PA?
Involvement with medicine, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

Do you see yourself continuing this career ten years from now?
yes