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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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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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Are physician assistants inferior to doctors?

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 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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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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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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How many years of school is it to become a physicians assistant?

Physician assistant : I believe the course is around two years but you need some credits and experience before getting into the program. ...Read more