Physician Assistants Respond to Changing Healthcare Needs

Marguerite Ward

By Marguerite Ward, BreakThru Radio

Photo courtesy of Phalinn Ooi.

The health care industry is constantly changing. An increase in physicians choosing to pursue speciality instead of primary care, demographic changes in rural and urban areas, and opportunities presented by health care reform challenge the healthcare industry to meet the growing need for quality care. But with those challenges have come new opportunities for those looking to enter the field.

An increasingly important player in our nation’s health is the physician assistant, a medical professional that is uniquely positioned to respond quickly to healthcare needs.

physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works under the supervision of a physician to provide a range of medical and surgical services. They examine, diagnose, and counsel patients, prescribe medicine, perform minor procedures, and assist in surgery. Unlike physicians, PAs do no have to specialize in one area of medicine, enabling them…

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