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Doctor insights on: Highest Paying Physician Assistant Specialties

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What can a physician assistant specialize in and how much would he earn in each specialty?

What can a physician assistant specialize in and how much would he earn in each specialty?

Many choices: Once graduated from an accredited pa program and passing certifying exams, many pas work in primary care situations. They can also take additional specialty training and work as extenders in physician specialists' offices. Salaries depend on the practice and job offer. ...Read more

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What is physician assistant vs nurse clinician?

What is physician assistant vs nurse clinician?

NP vs PA: Nps and pas may overlap in many aspects of being physician extenders. Nurse practicianers obtain a bachelors degree in nursing and then additional training to be a np. Physician assistance usually obtain a master’s degree. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about physician assistant vs. physician?

Can you tell me about physician assistant vs. physician?

Sort of like an RN,: But not trained by nurses; instead trained by physicians. Nurse training typically emphasizes current routines of disease treatment/management. Physician training typically emphasizes underlying/basic issues & theories of body function & diseases. Physician approach typically more flexible. Yet always extremely dependent on the viewpoints/background/interests/biases of the individual(s) involved. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get in to see a physician assistant?

Call around: This is highly variable and the best way to find out is to call around and ask. ...Read more

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Should i be a physician assistant? Is this a good career choice?

Should i be a physician assistant? Is this a good career choice?

Terrific choice: PAs are in strong demand, get paid well and have a great deal of prestige. It is obviously a much shorter track than becoming a regular doctor so it is quicker and cheaper to become one. Yet you have frequently equivalent responsibilities and a strong likelihood of lifetime employment. Go for it. ...Read more

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What's the difference in work and knowledge between that of physician assistant vs. physicians?

What's the difference in work and knowledge between that of physician assistant vs. physicians?

PA: Physicians get a very comprehensive education, they need to go through undergrad, then 4 years of medical school then at least 3 years of residency training and they need to take different national boards. Physician assistants get the undergrad degree and do Master's degree and they need to practice under physicians supervision. They are called mid-level practitioners as well. ...Read more

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Recommended to a gastronolgist. Long trip to meet w him. Met with the physician assistant instead cause he was busy. Is that common for first consult?

Recommended to a gastronolgist. Long trip to meet w him. Met with the physician assistant instead cause he was busy. Is that common for first consult?

Yes: It is a useful way to screen patients so the specialist is used to their best advantage. This is why the profession of physician's assistants was created. ...Read more

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What does a surgical physician assistant do?

What does a surgical physician assistant do?

Helps the surgeon: Surgery is very complicated and the surgeon needs to be assisted in the use of some instruments. ...Read more

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Should I become a nurse practitioner or physician assistant?

Whatever you want: You can do either one. Just have to look at the training requirements. ...Read more

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How do a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant differ?

PA vs NP: Training and education>pa has less training and education than np who must be a registered nurse before going for the np degree. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is physician assistant and a medical assistant the same?

Hoping you can tell me, is physician assistant and a medical assistant the same?

No very different.: A physician's assistant actually provides medical care under a doctor's supervision. They have several years of post secondary education. They earn an average of > $81, 000 per year. A medical assistant usually has 6 months to 1 year of training. Not all states require certification. They assist with administrative & clinical duties. They earn $19, 000 to $28, 000 annually. ...Read more

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It is possible that a physician assistant prescribe basic medications for family members or friends?

Not recommended: Not recommended, but they can, but are prohibited from prescribing controlled substance to family members just like physicians are, check your own states rules. ...Read more

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How long does it take to become a ER physician assistant, to help take care of people in the er?

How long does it take to become a ER physician assistant, to help take care of people in the er?

2 yrs after college: Most physicians assistant programs are 2 year degrees after completing a bachelors degree. However, to get into a pa program they will want you to have experience in a medical setting so this can add time to your path. ...Read more

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I went to see my doctor but he wasn't there instead I saw a physician assistant. What exactly is a physician assistant? How could they replace the md?

A PA: Or physician's assistant is a medical provider who works on a medical team with a physician. The pa can evaluate, diagnose, treat ; prescribe. There are many situations which don't require a physician ; for which a pa would be appropriate. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dental hygienist vs. Physician assistant?

What is the difference between dental hygienist vs. Physician assistant?

Here you go..: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygienists.htm

http://www.Bls. Gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants. Htm.

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Can a physician assistant be the primary caregiver at an urgent care without a doctor?

Can a physician assistant be the primary caregiver at an urgent care without a doctor?

Depends on state: Most are supervised by a doctor behind the scenes but it varies by state. ...Read more

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Can a doctor who goes through medical school but doesn't do a residency become a physician assistant?

Probably: Probably but they still have to take exams and get licensed. However, why would someone go through all those 4 years and the tremendous expense to be a PA when PA school is shorter and less expensive? ...Read more

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Should I become a physician assistant or family nurse practitioner (emergency focus) to work in the er?

Should I become a physician assistant or family nurse practitioner (emergency focus) to work in the er?

Doesn't matter: Either one is fine. It really depends on your state's laws and local hospitals' regulations on how independent each can be and the prescribing rules for each. The training is different. A np needs to be a rn (with experience) first. A pa goes to school straight from college. There is a training period after each but that varies based on your specialization (e.g. Emergency). ...Read more

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What direction should I be looking? Over the last almost 2 months I have been experiencing several symptoms & can only afford a low income clinic, physician assistant. I would like to know what direction to ask her to take. Anxiety:buspirone 10mg, 2x a da

What direction should I be looking? Over the last almost 2 months I have been experiencing several symptoms & can only afford a low income clinic, physician assistant. I would like to know what direction to ask her to take. Anxiety:buspirone 10mg, 2x a da

A : A physician assistant is able to take a detailed history, perform a physical, and order diagnostic testing. If they feel the patient's problems/issues are above the scope of their knowledge, they have a supervising md they can consult with, therefore do not be concerned about only being able to "afford a low income clinic" and see a pa.
As far as what 'direction" you should take, that's up to you. Most medical providers typically address 3 problems per visit, therefore you should pick the 3 most pressing problems to discuss.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Would emergency medicine doctors in the ED rather work with a family nurse practitioner, acute care nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant?

Would emergency medicine doctors in the ED rather work with a family nurse practitioner, acute care nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant?

Depends: They are all good options. It really depends on the individual's capabilities, motivation, enthusiasm and experience. ...Read more

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I had nevous sebacous removed from my head almost two years ago in an office setting by a physician assistant are PA aloud to do surgeries like that?

I had nevous sebacous removed from my head almost two years ago in an office setting by a physician assistant are PA aloud to do surgeries like that?

Sure: Under supervision of course. Whatever the supervising physician thinks the assistant can handle. I could teach a high school kid to do it safely in an afternoon with time left over. Glad you got that thing off. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Should a normal urgent care physician assistant or nurse practitioner tell the different between pink eye and uveitis?

Should a normal urgent care physician assistant or nurse practitioner tell the different between pink eye and uveitis?

Depends : Uveitis requires a slit lamp biomicroscopic examination of the anterior and posterior chambers of the eye to make the diagnosis. Some ERs have these instruments. Pink eye, infectious or allergic, can often be made by history and external examination aided by a light source and magnification. A slit lamp is useful but not always required in an ER or quick care facility. So the answer: It depends. ...Read more

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If a patient feels they have reason to believe they have a disease, and will pay for tests, can they get a physician to order relevant riskfree tests?

If a patient feels they have reason to believe they have a disease, and will pay for tests, can they get a physician to order relevant riskfree tests?

Let doctor doctor: No. There is ethics and license issues at play here. Sometimes our job is to teach you or others where their assumptions are wrong and why some tests are not indicated. ...Read more

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Could a person request an angiogram without a specific referral from the physician if he/she agrees to pay for the test?

Could a person request an angiogram without a specific referral from the physician if he/she agrees to pay for the test?

No: No reputable doctor would perform an invasive test that carries a small but measurable mortality risk without a proper indication. (ability to pay does not constitute a proper indication). ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to request an angiogram without a specific referral from the physician if he/she agrees to pay for the test?

Is it possible for a person to request an angiogram without a specific referral from the physician if he/she agrees to pay for the test?

Angiogram : A person can request anything. An ethical physician will not offer a test unless the benefits to risks of the test for the individual patient are appropriate. ...Read more