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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
08.19.2019
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...
08.19.2019
Care for patients in a fresh, new and modern urgent care or convenient care clinic utilizing your skills as an experienced Physician Assistant in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. The Physician Assistant in this setting will provide episodic health...
08.19.2019
Care for patients in a fresh, new and modern urgent care or convenient care clinic utilizing your skills as an experienced Physician Assistant in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. The Physician Assistant in this setting will provide episodic health...
08.19.2019
The Physician Assistant (PA) also known as Advanced Practice Provider (APP) provides primary care to patients under the supervision of the Supervising Physician in the clinic following established standards and practices. . Required Minimum...
08.19.2019
The Inpatient Physician Services Physician Assistant (IPS PA) works in collaboration with employed IPS physicians that deliver health care services to meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of patients with complex acute,...
08.19.2019
Occupational Health Hunterdon Healthcare System, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ Part-time F 8-4:30, Day shift Req # 67672 This position involves patient care, educational and research activities in the Occupational Health Department....
08.19.2019
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...
08.19.2019
Halifax Health is seeking a Physician Assistant for the Hospitalist Group. Summary The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or Physician Assistant (PA) is an independent health care provider who, working collaboratively within a...
08.19.2019
Halifax Health is seeking a Physician Assistant for the Hospitalist Group. Summary The Physician Assistant (PA) is an independent health care provider who, working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary heatlh team, is responsible for...
08.01.2019
The Physician Assistant, under the supervision and direction of the Directors of General Surgery/Trauma & Surgical Critical Care and other attending surgeons, the Physician Assistant of Critical Care, will facilitate Surgeon productivity and...
08.01.2019
The Physician Assistant, in collaboration with the Hospitalist physicians, will provide overnight cross-coverage services for a diverse inpatient census as well as supporting some admissions and consultations. May function as an educator and...
08.19.2019
Under the supervision and collaboration of a wound care Medical Physician, the wound care Physician Assistant, will provide wound care services to adults. Wound care services include assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment of acute and...
07.16.2019
The Cardiology Physician Assistant, will work under the general supervision of the Cardiology practice primary supervising physician, all physician partners and the Adult Medicine APP Director, WakeMed Physician Practices, to deliver competent...
07.23.2019
Duke Regional Hospital has served Durham, Orange, Person, Granville and Alamance counties and the surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. With more than 1,900 employees, its focus is on providing outstanding medical care with compassionate,...
07.23.2019
Duke Regional Hospital has served Durham, Orange, Person, Granville and Alamance counties and the surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. With more than 1,900 employees, its focus is on providing outstanding medical care with compassionate,...
  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 Bozeman, MT Bozeman Health
    Care for patients in a fresh, new and modern urgent care or convenient care clinic utilizing your skills as an experienced Physician Assistant in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. The Physician Assistant in this setting will provide episodic health...
  3. PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Bozeman, MT Bozeman Health
    Care for patients in a fresh, new and modern urgent care or convenient care clinic utilizing your skills as an experienced Physician Assistant in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. The Physician Assistant in this setting will provide episodic health...
  4. Physician Assistant Physician Practices-Orthopedics Portland, ME MaineHealth
    The Physician Assistant (PA) also known as Advanced Practice Provider (APP) provides primary care to patients under the supervision of the Supervising Physician in the clinic following established standards and practices. . Required Minimum...
  5. Physician Assistant - Inpatient Physician Services Pascagoula, MS Singing River Health System
    The Inpatient Physician Services Physician Assistant (IPS PA) works in collaboration with employed IPS physicians that deliver health care services to meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of patients with complex acute,...
  6. Physician Assistant Flemington, NJ Hunterdon Healthcare
    Occupational Health Hunterdon Healthcare System, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ Part-time F 8-4:30, Day shift Req # 67672 This position involves patient care, educational and research activities in the Occupational Health Department....
  7. 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...
  8. Physician Assistant Daytona Beach, FL Halifax Health
    Halifax Health is seeking a Physician Assistant for the Hospitalist Group. Summary The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or Physician Assistant (PA) is an independent health care provider who, working collaboratively within a...
  9. Physician Assistant Daytona Beach, FL Halifax Health
    Halifax Health is seeking a Physician Assistant for the Hospitalist Group. Summary The Physician Assistant (PA) is an independent health care provider who, working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary heatlh team, is responsible for...
  10. Physician Assistant, Surgery/Trauma Raleigh, NC WakeMed Health & Hospitals
    The Physician Assistant, under the supervision and direction of the Directors of General Surgery/Trauma & Surgical Critical Care and other attending surgeons, the Physician Assistant of Critical Care, will facilitate Surgeon productivity and...
  11. Physician Assistant, Nocturnist Raleigh, NC WakeMed Health & Hospitals
    The Physician Assistant, in collaboration with the Hospitalist physicians, will provide overnight cross-coverage services for a diverse inpatient census as well as supporting some admissions and consultations. May function as an educator and...
  12. PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Bozeman, MT Bozeman Health
    Under the supervision and collaboration of a wound care Medical Physician, the wound care Physician Assistant, will provide wound care services to adults. Wound care services include assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment of acute and...
  13. Physician Assistant - Cardiology Raleigh, NC WakeMed Health & Hospitals
    The Cardiology Physician Assistant, will work under the general supervision of the Cardiology practice primary supervising physician, all physician partners and the Adult Medicine APP Director, WakeMed Physician Practices, to deliver competent...
  14. PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Durham, NC Duke Health
    Duke Regional Hospital has served Durham, Orange, Person, Granville and Alamance counties and the surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. With more than 1,900 employees, its focus is on providing outstanding medical care with compassionate,...
  15. PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Durham, NC Duke Health
    Duke Regional Hospital has served Durham, Orange, Person, Granville and Alamance counties and the surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. With more than 1,900 employees, its focus is on providing outstanding medical care with compassionate,...