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Journal 7-2: Advocating for Vulnerable PopulationsIHP 501Jonathan Chew
It is the duty and responsibility of all medical professionals to advocate on behalf of patients and even more so for vulnerable population i.e. women, children, and the elderly. The policy stakeholder I chose to interview was a friend who is currently studying to become a physician assistant planning on specializing in emergency care and the diversity at emergency rooms results in patients from various age groups and demographics. A physician assistant is a medical professional who is licensed and qualified to provide more advanced methods of care to patients compared to regular nursing staff, its especially important to consider the well-being of the patient first before making any clinical decision and making sure that the patient has a full understanding what medical procedures will be taking place. Above all, physician assistants muststay within their scope of practice and only provide medical services that are within their trainingand are licensed to provide while acting within the oversight of a licensed physician.