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Role of the Physician Assistant


“Physician Assistants (PAs) are health care professionals educated in the medical model and licensed to practice in all medical and surgical specialties as part of a physician-PA team to enhance coordination and quality of care. After graduating from an accredited program, PAs must pass a national board examination and maintain their licensure by recertifying every ten years and participating in 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions.

Within the physician-PA relationship, the physician assistant exercises autonomy in medical decision making and provides a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. In addition to practicing in a clinical environment PAs also work in education, research, and in administration services.”

American Academy of Physician Assistants, 2015

Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants