Tuesday, October 6, 2015

National PA week: What is a PA?

A PA practices medicine and prescribes medication on healthcare teams with physicians and other healthcare providers. PAs are proven to create access, elevate health outcomes and increase patient satisfaction. The more than 100,000 certified PAs around the country can be found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and the uniformed services. 

PAs can:

  • Take your medical history
  • Conduct physical exams
  • Diagnose and treat illnesses
  • Order and interpret tests
  • Develop treatment plans
  • Counsel on preventive care
  • Assist in surgery
  • Write prescriptions
  • Make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes
PAs' specific duties depend on:
  • The setting in which they work
  • Their level of experience
  • Their specialty
  • State laws