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Are Physician Assistants Inferior To Doctors
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anxious patient: As a psychiatrist i try to relieve the anxiety and find its source. Everyday anxiety about life in general is notwhat i deal with, bbut i can help those who have anxiety that is debilitating, interrupts ordinary living, makes life hard. This isn't the same as "dr anxiety" one gets when one is afraid of the meaning of a dr. Visit. And that, we hope, the doctor would deal with. Bedside manner. ...Read more
Both: It doesn't matter. What matters is the person's skills, knowledge, personality, bedside manner, and teamwork. ...Read more
Yes: Physician assistants (pa's) can have special knowledge in certain areas, such as pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics, etc... Their specialization is usually due to working in the particular specialty for several years. Some pa schools may have programs to help pa's specialize. Licensing rules vary from state to state, so there may or may not be state recognition of any specialized pa's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: While pa's are trained as generalists, some enter clinical areas where they become specialists in certain disciplines. For instance in my city of seattle, pa's are used extensively in a major cancer center to help patients with this disease. They become very knowledgeable in cancer treatment and care. ...Read more
Many ways.: The scope of practice of pas depends on the state and their specialty. With general practitioners, pas usually work as "extensions" of the physician - and in theory, there should be good oversight of the work done by the pa. The physician should be available to answer questions the pa might have about the clinical case. In some states the pa can work without physician collaboration or backup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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