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Family Medicine Physician Assistant

Family medicine is the most common specialty for physician assistants. Physician assistants are skillfully trained to examine patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and X-rays, diagnose and treat medical conditions, and instruct and counsel patients.

Family Medicine PA

Family Medicine PA

Before you apply to a Physician Assistant program, you need to shadow a PA to make sure this is the right field for you and that you truly understand what it is that a PA does.

Most programs also require significant hands-on patient experience. This means that you should have worked in a health care setting doing, for example, jobs such as phlebotomy, certified nurse assisting, or working as an EMT.

Many applicants to these programs are also coming from fields such as physical therapy, pharmacy and nursing.

Some studies have shown that PAs save as much as 20% of the costs of medical care and can perform at least 80% of the functions in an ambulatory care practice. This means that the field will continue to grow as we seek ways to cut health care costs.

Physician Assistant Family Medicine Responsibilities:

-Working as members of the healthcare team, the PAs take medical histories, examine and treat patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and x-rays, make diagnoses, and prescribe medications.

-May also treat minor injuries by suturing, splinting, and casting
-PA will record progress notes, instruct and counsel patients, and order or carry out therapy.
-May order medical and laboratory supplies and equipment and may supervise technicians and assistants.

American Academy of Physician Assistants


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