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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
12.13.2019
- Masters degree is required JOB SUMMARY The chief objective of this position: To provide medical and/or surgical care and treatment to a specific patient population under the supervision of physician(s). Provides diagnostic, therapeutic...
12.13.2019
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...
12.13.2019
- Masters degree is required VCU Health System's Department of Internal Medicine - Nephrology is seeking a full time Physician Assistant. Responsibilities Clinical decisionmaking in collaboration with physicians and daily prioritization...
12.13.2019
VCU Health System's Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology is seeking a fulltime PhysicianAssistant to provide medical and/or surgical care and treatment to aspecific patient population under the supervision of physician(s). Providesdiagnostic,...
12.13.2019
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...
11.22.2019
Responsibilities The Physician Assistant will be providing medical care to homeless patients as part of a multidisciplinary IMHT team. This includes attending case conferences and doing street outreach. The clinical home of the physician...
12.13.2019
Physician assistant, under the supervision of supporting MD, provides urgent care healthcare to the full spectrum of the lifespan of patients. Provides patient care, within the scope of practice of Montana PA license, in the arenas of urgent care...
01.30.2018
Conduct examinations of new patients, write treatment plans, perform and interpret diagnostic tests and coordinate and plan surgeries. Help the surgeon conduct hospital rounds, and perform occasional tasks such as answering the phone for the...
12.13.2019
Occupational Health Hunterdon Healthcare System, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ Part-time F 7a-5p, Sa 8a-12p, Days/Evenings & Weekends Req # 68550 This position involves patient care, educational and research activities in the...
12.02.2019
School of Medicine: Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nations top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners,...
12.13.2019
Assistant Physician Job Locations US-OK-Norman ID 2019-5697 Category Advanced Practice Provider Position Type Regular Full Time Department Clinics - Journey Clinic Overview PA - Needed for Clinics Visits and Hospital Rounding...
11.16.2019
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,...
12.13.2019
VCU Health System's Division of Internal Medicine, Department of Endocrinology is seeking a full time Physician Assistant to provide medical care to our Inpatient/Outpatient Diabetes population. This position will encompass the care for adult...
07.30.2019
  TriHealth is actively recruiting for a part-time Physician Assistant II in Norwood, Ohio .   For this position, we are looking for a clinician with advanced education and clinical practice experience. You will, under direct...
12.13.2019
- Masters degree is required VCU Health System's Neurology Department - Neuromuscular Clinic is seeking a full time Physician Assistant to provide medical and/or surgical care and treatment to a specific patient population under the...
  1. Physician Assistant Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Masters degree is required JOB SUMMARY The chief objective of this position: To provide medical and/or surgical care and treatment to a specific patient population under the supervision of physician(s). Provides diagnostic, therapeutic...
  2. 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...
  3. Physician Assistant Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Masters degree is required VCU Health System's Department of Internal Medicine - Nephrology is seeking a full time Physician Assistant. Responsibilities Clinical decisionmaking in collaboration with physicians and daily prioritization...
  4. Physician Assistant Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology is seeking a fulltime PhysicianAssistant to provide medical and/or surgical care and treatment to aspecific patient population under the supervision of physician(s). Providesdiagnostic,...
  5. 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...
  6. Physician Assistant Los Angeles, CA UCLA Health
    Responsibilities The Physician Assistant will be providing medical care to homeless patients as part of a multidisciplinary IMHT team. This includes attending case conferences and doing street outreach. The clinical home of the physician...
  7. PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Bozeman, MT Bozeman Health
    Physician assistant, under the supervision of supporting MD, provides urgent care healthcare to the full spectrum of the lifespan of patients. Provides patient care, within the scope of practice of Montana PA license, in the arenas of urgent care...
  8. Physician Assistant Coupeville, WA WhidbeyHealth
    Conduct examinations of new patients, write treatment plans, perform and interpret diagnostic tests and coordinate and plan surgeries. Help the surgeon conduct hospital rounds, and perform occasional tasks such as answering the phone for the...
  9. Physician Assistant Flemington, NJ Hunterdon Healthcare
    Occupational Health Hunterdon Healthcare System, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ Part-time F 7a-5p, Sa 8a-12p, Days/Evenings & Weekends Req # 68550 This position involves patient care, educational and research activities in the...
  10. PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Durham, NC Duke Health
    School of Medicine: Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nations top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners,...
  11. Assistant Physician Norman, OK Norman Regional Health System
    Assistant Physician Job Locations US-OK-Norman ID 2019-5697 Category Advanced Practice Provider Position Type Regular Full Time Department Clinics - Journey Clinic Overview PA - Needed for Clinics Visits and Hospital Rounding...
  12. 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,...
  13. Physician Assistant-NR Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Division of Internal Medicine, Department of Endocrinology is seeking a full time Physician Assistant to provide medical care to our Inpatient/Outpatient Diabetes population. This position will encompass the care for adult...
  14. Physician Assistant II DVS Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
      TriHealth is actively recruiting for a part-time Physician Assistant II in Norwood, Ohio .   For this position, we are looking for a clinician with advanced education and clinical practice experience. You will, under direct...
  15. Physician Assistant-NR Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Masters degree is required VCU Health System's Neurology Department - Neuromuscular Clinic is seeking a full time Physician Assistant to provide medical and/or surgical care and treatment to a specific patient population under the...