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Physician Assistant

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ashley bednarek

on 16 April 2010

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Physician Assistant By Ashley Bednarek Block 1 What does a Physician Assistant do? Practices medicine under the supervision of proffessional physicians and surgeons Provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative healthcare services, as ordered by physicians Take medical histories Examine, diagnose, and treat patients Order lab tests and analyze results Daily tasks inlude... Drawing blood Diagnosing patients Suturing, splinting, and casting Prescribing medicine Assisting surgeons in the operating room Recording notes Analyzing lab results Concerned about work hours? A PA's job is very demanding And typically includes night, weekend, and early morning hours; along with being on-call around the clock. However, Being a physician assistant comes with it's perks! You get to work with people and be on your feet You can earn a high salary- up to $85,000 a year! PAs are always in high demand, So job opportunities are generally good and easy to come across But with it's perks comes the downside- Like long, inconsistent hours, Most of your time spent on your feet and constantly walking, And being on call, even when you're not on duty. Since PA jobs are demanding, Education requirements are set high Most PA applicants have completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree And have also completed: At least two years in out-of school experience, such as internships and shadowing

A required national exam to obtain a license

State-required formal medical education program, usually taking up to two years to complete
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