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Physician Assistant Practicies and Medical Research.

FACTS:

 Most physician assistant  programs require applicants to have at least 2 years of college experience. Applicants also need some experience in the health care setting, such as an emergency medical technician, ambulance attendant, health educator, licensed practical nurse, or associate-degree nurse. Because of the competitive environment, the average PA student has a bachelor's degree in some field and about 4 years of health-related experience. Educational programs for PAs are typically associated with colleges of medicine.The first PA students were mostly military medics (or corpsmen). They were able to expand on the knowledge and experience they received in the military to move into a role in primary care. Over the years, the profession has become less male-dominated. About 58% of PAs today are women. The physician assistant role has allowed PAs to perform tasks previously only performed by doctors: history taking, physical determination exam, diagnosis, and patient management.

What is a Physician Assistant?

A physician assistant (or PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional. PAs practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. They practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories, with the exception of Puerto Rico.

What can a Physician Assistant do for you?

A Physician Assistant can help several people around the world. They 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 be a useful helper in many nursing homes.

How are Physician Assistant trained and educated?

Most PA programs are approximately 26 months, which is exactly 4 years and require the same prerequisite courses as medical schools.Majority of the  programs also require students to have about three years of healthcare training and experience. Students take courses in basic sciences, behavioral sciences and clinical medicine across subjects such as anatomy, pharmacology, microbiology, physiology and more. They then complete a total of more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in: Family medicine, Internal medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology, Pediatric,s General surgery, Emergency medicine,and lastly Psychiatry.

Where can you find a Physician Assistant?

You may see find PA's in several didn't places, they travel in many different specialites and settings. The common worforce for a PA would be in hospitals, physician offices, rural and urban community health centers, nursing homes, retail clinics, schools, and university-based facilities such as industrial settings and correctional institutions

References:

www.google.com

http://www.aapa.org/landingquestion.aspx?id=290

http://www.gapmedics.com/blog/2013/10/16/the-difference-between-a-doctor-and-a-physicians-assistant

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm