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How does a physician assistant get trained to assist and work in orthopedic surgery?

How does a physician assistant get trained to assist and work in orthopedic surgery?

Additonal training: Sometimes there are fellowship training sites for pas to get the additonal training. Most of the surgical training can be on the job training for pas. ...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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How are physician assistants and doctors different?

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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How should I address my physician's assistant?

How should I address my physician's assistant?

Politely: It is reasonable in fact to call your PA by the name doctor even though they have a different degree. They are used to that, usually wear white coats and have stethoscopes hanging out of their pockets so they present themselves in this context as a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I become a physician's assistant?

Training programs: Manymedical centers offer training programs for PAs. You will need a college degree with a good record. It helps if you have had some medical experience or at least a scientific background. PA schools are very competitive. Google PA programs to see which are out there. ...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 masters 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 background issues & theories of body function & diseases. Physician approach typically more flexible. Yet always extremely dependant 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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