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Can physician assistants specialize in anything?

Can physician assistants specialize in anything?

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 more

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Dr. Gary Ensz
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Physician Assistants (Definition)

Physician assistants are healthcare professionals that provide medical care under the supervision ...Read more


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Can physicians assistants specialize in anything?

Can physicians assistants specialize in anything?

Yes: Pa's have a general training and are very adaptable. Most are used to supplement general physician practices. But some work in specialized clinics and become very knowledgeable about a specific area. For instance the main cancer center in seattle has many pas who manage cancer patients with a very high level of sophistication. ...Read more

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I was wondering are physician assistants able to specialize in a certain area ?

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

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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 more

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How are physician assistants and doctors different?

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 more

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Can physician assistants assist in urological exams?

Can physician assistants assist in urological exams?

Yes: Many physicians employ pa's to assist them in their practices. With appropriate traiing, pa's can do urologic exams and or assiste with them. Specialty practices such as urology often employ pa's. ...Read more

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Are physician assistants replacements for regular doctors?

Are physician assistants replacements for regular doctors?

Teamwork: Doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners all belong to the same team of health care providers. We all have different areas of interest, training and expertise; and we all rely on each other to work together with you so that you can live well and be healthy. ...Read more

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Could all physician assistants do "minor surgerys"?

Could all physician assistants do "minor surgerys"?

Normal: They should not be performing any surgeries they are assistants to the physician and do not practice independently. Possibly minor procedures like a skin biopsy but no solo OR procedures. Some receive surgical training just as some train to be more of a GP assistant ...Read more

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How do physician assistants and general practitioners collaborate?

How do physician assistants and general practitioners collaborate?

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 more

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Do doctors prefer to work with nurse practitioners or physician assistants?

Both: It doesn't matter. What matters is the person's skills, knowledge, personality, bedside manner, and teamwork. ...Read more