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Physician Assistant Job Description

 

Physician assistants (PAs) are licensed medical providers who diagnose and treat illnesses and diseases, including prescribing medication. Most PAs work in hospitals, clinics and physician offices under the supervision of a licensed physician. PAs are able to treat patients with autonomy within the framework of their relationship with the physician.

Physician assistant is an attractive job that offers the flexibility to transition into different areas of medicine without needing additional education and training beyond the initial 27 month average length of a PA program.

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Responsibilities

 

A physician assistant is a licensed medical provider that can diagnose and treat illness and disease. They can also prescribe medication for their patients. Due to their advanced education in general medical practices and procedures, which is modeled after physician’s educational experiences, PAs are given significant autonomy in treating patients.

PAs work as an integral part of a medical team. They have their own patients for which they make medical decisions and provide a wide range of diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative health maintenance services. Some of the specific services a PA can provide include:

  • Taking a patient’s medical history

  • Performing physical exams

  • Ordering laboratory tests and interpreting the results

  • Diagnosing and prescribing treatments for illness

  • Counseling patients

  • Assisting in surgery

  • Setting fractures

When working in a primary care setting, PAs are allowed to provide almost all of the clinical services that a physician can provide. This includes the performance of physical exams, diagnosing and treatment of recognized diseases. They can also prescribe necessary medications to their patients.

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Skills

 

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Communication

Must convey information and be able to acquire info from others effectively. Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Perception

Knowing why people act as they do and determine the best treatment options for them.

Complex Problem Solving

Be able to identify and solve complex problems by using knowledge and information you gather.

Coordination

Work with other healthcare professionals, mainly your supervising physician, to coordinate care and react to their actions. 

Monitoring

Be able to assess your patient's progress and your treatment path. Determine if there are actions to take to fix problems or improve methods.

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Working Conditions

 

Physician assistants make it possible for thousands of people to access quality health care. The PAs play a vital role in increasing patient access to care for rural and other underserved segments of the population. PAs may be the only health providers in rural and underserved areas.

PAs may work in specialties outside of the primary care setting. The professional physician assistant is trained to be flexible, adapting to work with physicians in primary care as well as medical and surgical specialties, as well as sub-specialties should the need arise.

A physician assistant's primary focus is patient care but may also undertake educational, administrative and research work. In a primary care setting, a PA can provide almost all of the clinical services a physician does. The physician assistant works under a written agreement of collaboration with a licensed physician. Under this agreement, the PA can make clinical decisions regarding patient diagnostics and treatment.

The physician’s assistant is responsible for providing a wide range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and health maintenance services. The physician and the PA relationship is a staple of the physician assistant profession and is designed to enhance the availability and delivery of high-quality health care, especially to areas that are traditionally underserved.

The physical environment in which physician assistants work is usually a comfortable, well-lighted environment. If the PA is employed in a surgical position, standing for long periods of time and a great deal of walking may be required.

Work schedules will vary according to the setting in which the PA is practicing, such as a surgical suite or outpatient center. Schedules may also vary depending on the work routine of the collaborating physician. A typical work week may include rotations through weekend shifts, nights, and on-call scheduling and early morning hospital rounds to assess patient progress.

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
04.24.2019
In an environment of continuous quality improvement, the Physician Assistant, in conjunction with the Physician/s and clinical staff, are responsible for exemplary patient health care and continuity of medical services under the direction of the...
04.24.2019
- Masters degree is required VCU Health System's Department of Internal Medicine - Hematology/ Oncology is seeking a full time Physician Assistant to provide medical and/or surgical care and treatment to a specific patient population under the...
04.24.2019
Under the general supervision of a physician, the Physician Assistant is responsible for providing varied medical services, which may include: obtaining complete medical history and performing a physical examination; ordering and interpreting...
04.24.2019
Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner in Bariatric Surgery department to first assistant and provide clinical patient care.
04.24.2019
The Physician Assistant provides medical consultation, follow-ups, routine patient care and performs minor office procedures. The position requires population specific competencies as a component of the annual compliance program of the Sheridan...
04.24.2019
Occ Summary Augment a physician's ability to provide medical services to patients; collect and document data, con conduct diagnostic and thera conduc con conduct diagnostic and thera conduct diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, order and...
04.24.2019
PositionSummary The physician assistant, under the supervision of a physician, provides direct care services to patients on the surgical service at Hunterdon Medical Center, but may also assume educational, research and administrative...
04.24.2019
VCU Health System's Internal Medicine - Pulmonary is seeking a full time Physician Assistant for the MRICU to provide medical and/or surgical care and treatment to a specific patient population under the supervision of physician(s). Provides...
04.24.2019
- Masters degree is required VCU Health System's Emergency Medicine Department - Pediatrics Division is seeking a PRN Physician Assistant to provide medical and/or surgical care and treatment to a specific patient population under the...
04.24.2019
Southern Maine Health Care Department: MaineHealth Southern Maine Health Care/Cardiology BHCD Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: Position...
04.24.2019
Assistant Physician - Emergency Medicine Job Locations US-OK-Norman ID 2019-4365 Category Advanced Practice Provider Position Type Regular Full Time Department Emergency Department Overview Norman Regional's three Emergency...
04.24.2019
Physician Assistant full time Monday - Friday in Pulmonology Critical Care hours are 8-430 no night call or weekends. You will work closely with the Pulmonologist in Critical care seeing patients. You will be trained to do procedures in ICU to...
12.20.2018
Physician Assistant for Hospitalist Program PA accountable for practice and work in collaboration with a Hospitalist physician. Duties include but are not limited to rounding on inpatients, meeting with patients and families, facilitating...
02.21.2019
Facility: Mercy Medical Center The Physician Assistant in General Surgery provides assistant duties in the medical and surgical care of General Surgical patients. This occurs most often during surgical interventions under the direction and...
04.24.2019
Franklin Community Health Network Department: MaineHealth Franklin Community Health Network/Hospitalist Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Day/Evening Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details:...
  1. Physician Assistant Marietta, OH Memorial Health System
    In an environment of continuous quality improvement, the Physician Assistant, in conjunction with the Physician/s and clinical staff, are responsible for exemplary patient health care and continuity of medical services under the direction of the...
  2. Physician Assistant Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Masters degree is required VCU Health System's Department of Internal Medicine - Hematology/ Oncology is seeking a full time Physician Assistant to provide medical and/or surgical care and treatment to a specific patient population under the...
  3. Physician Assistant Boston, MA Boston Medical Center
    Under the general supervision of a physician, the Physician Assistant is responsible for providing varied medical services, which may include: obtaining complete medical history and performing a physical examination; ordering and interpreting...
  4. Physician Assistant Cedar Rapids, IA Mercy Cedar Rapids
    Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner in Bariatric Surgery department to first assistant and provide clinical patient care.
  5. Physician Assistant Sheridan, WY Sheridan Memorial Hospital
    The Physician Assistant provides medical consultation, follow-ups, routine patient care and performs minor office procedures. The position requires population specific competencies as a component of the annual compliance program of the Sheridan...
  6. PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Durham, NC Duke Health
    Occ Summary Augment a physician's ability to provide medical services to patients; collect and document data, con conduct diagnostic and thera conduc con conduct diagnostic and thera conduct diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, order and...
  7. Surgical Physician Assistant Flemington, NJ Hunterdon Healthcare
    PositionSummary The physician assistant, under the supervision of a physician, provides direct care services to patients on the surgical service at Hunterdon Medical Center, but may also assume educational, research and administrative...
  8. Physician Assistant-NR Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Internal Medicine - Pulmonary is seeking a full time Physician Assistant for the MRICU to provide medical and/or surgical care and treatment to a specific patient population under the supervision of physician(s). Provides...
  9. Physician Assistant-R Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Masters degree is required VCU Health System's Emergency Medicine Department - Pediatrics Division is seeking a PRN Physician Assistant to provide medical and/or surgical care and treatment to a specific patient population under the...
  10. Physician Assistant-Cardiology Inpatient Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Southern Maine Health Care Department: MaineHealth Southern Maine Health Care/Cardiology BHCD Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: Position...
  11. Assistant Physician - Emergency Medicine Norman, OK Norman Regional Health System
    Assistant Physician - Emergency Medicine Job Locations US-OK-Norman ID 2019-4365 Category Advanced Practice Provider Position Type Regular Full Time Department Emergency Department Overview Norman Regional's three Emergency...
  12. Physician Assistant Pulm-CCU Augusta, ME MaineGeneral Health
    Physician Assistant full time Monday - Friday in Pulmonology Critical Care hours are 8-430 no night call or weekends. You will work closely with the Pulmonologist in Critical care seeing patients. You will be trained to do procedures in ICU to...
  13. Physician Assistant-Hospitalist Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    Physician Assistant for Hospitalist Program PA accountable for practice and work in collaboration with a Hospitalist physician. Duties include but are not limited to rounding on inpatients, meeting with patients and families, facilitating...
  14. Physician Assistant - Surgical Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    Facility: Mercy Medical Center The Physician Assistant in General Surgery provides assistant duties in the medical and surgical care of General Surgical patients. This occurs most often during surgical interventions under the direction and...
  15. Physician Assistant - Hospitalist Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Franklin Community Health Network Department: MaineHealth Franklin Community Health Network/Hospitalist Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Day/Evening Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details:...