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Physician Assistant

What is a Physician Assistant?

Physician assistants (PAs) provide services under the supervision of physicians. PAs are trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive healthcare services, as deemed necessary by a physician.  PAs are educated as generalists in medicine. However, many PAs work in specialty fields, such as: cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, and emergency medicine.  Most Pas work in the primary care specialty areas of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology.


 Physician Assistants typically do the following:


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Source:  ADEA: ExploreHealthCareers. 7 May 2013. American Dental Education Association. 17 May 2013 <>.

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