Examine patients, diagnose injuries, and provide treatment.
What do Physician Assistants do?
Make preliminary diagnoses concerning a patient’s injury or illness.
Record a patient’s progress.
They do physical exams to check patients' health.
- Work under the supervision of a physician or surgeon
- Review patients’ medical histories
- Do physical exams to check patients’ health
- Order and interpret diagnostic tests, such as x rays or blood tests
- Make preliminary diagnoses concerning a patient’s injury or illness
- Provide treatment, such as setting broken bones and giving immunizations
- Counsel patients and their families; for example, answering questions about how to care for a child with asthma
- Prescribe medicine, when needed
- Record a patient’s progress
- Complete insurance paperwork
- Need to have a bachelor's degree, and some healthcare-related work experience
- Physician assistant education programs usually take at least 2 years of full-time study.
- You need to get a master's degree in order to become a Physician
- Education includes classroom and laboratory instruction in subjects such as pathology, human anatomy, physiology, clinical medicine, physical diagnosis, and medical ethics.
Compassion. They should enjoy helping others.
Detail oriented. They should be focused and observant to properly evaluate patients and follow doctor’s orders.
Emotional stability. They should be able to work well under pressure. They must remain calm in stressful situations to provide quality care.
Where do Physician Assistants work at?
- Outpatient care centers
- Offices of physicians
- Colleges, universities, and professional schools
- EMTs and Paramedics
- Occupational therapist
- Physicians and Surgeons