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Physician Assistant?? The whos, whats, whys, and gory details of what I do Jessi Siler PA-C
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What is a Physician Assistant? Licensed health care professional Practice medicine with physician supervision Conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making May also practice in education, research, and administrative services
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How did the profession begin? Shortage and uneven distribution of primary care physicians in mid-1960s Dr. Eugene Stead Duke University Medical Center-first PA class in 1965 made up of Navy corpsmen Based curriculum of the program on his knowledge of the fast-track training doctors received during World War II
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How do you become a PA? 142 accredited programs in USA Prerequisites Average curriculum runs approximately 26 months
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