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A 23-year-old member asked:

Why would a doctor refer a family to his affiliated physician's assistant?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Team work: Physician assistants are trained to work as a team member with a physician. They are qualified to take care of stable conditions and also able to recognize when the physician should be called back in to address a problem. This allows the physician to spend more time with someone that has a less stable condition. This will become more of a necessity in the years ahead as we have fewer physicians.
Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Physician Assistant: Physician assistants help in the office by handling more routine tasks so the doctor can focus taking care of more serious issues. The PA is supervised by the physician and signs off on notes daily.

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A 16-year-old member asked:

How are physician assistants and doctors different?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Education & training: A physician goes to college, then medical school and then has training in a residency and perhaps a fellowship. A physician's assistant has college and then pa school. They work with physicians under their close direction to assist the physician in seeing patients with problems appropriate to a pa's training and expertise. There are strict guidlines for their practice by state.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Are physician assistants inferior to doctors?

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Dr. David Miller
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Family Medicine 10 years experience
Differently trained: Physician assistants train for 18 months to 2 years for the purpose of working alongside of (and under the supervision of) physicians, typically in very specific areas. In contrast, physicians train for 7 to 12 years (or more, after college) and are able to function very broadly and independently, although they can become quite specialized. Their functions are different, each with specific roles.

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