physician assistant


: a person certified to provide basic medical services usually under the supervision of a licensed physician

called also PA, physician's assistant

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Markey represented physician assistant Michelle O'Connor in a 2015 whistleblower lawsuit filed against National Spine and Pain Centers and its private equity owner, Sentinel Capital Partners. Fred Schulte, CBS News, 14 Nov. 2022 Patients may feel intimidated talking to their doctor about suicide and may be more comfortable when speaking with a physician assistant, nurse or medical assistant. Rodolfo Bonnin, Scientific American, 26 Aug. 2022 Ryan Dirks gets the question often in his role as physician assistant and director of team medicine at South Sound sports medicine clinic in Auburn, Washington. Amanda Macmillan, Outside Online, 21 Aug. 2014 Inside the van, a physician assistant bandaged the open wounds on Matthew Lombardo’s calves. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Oct. 2022 On Monday, the Polk County jury found the physician assistant supervising the clinic at the time, Melanie Choos, to be negligent in that decision, which directly caused damage to Dudley. Michaela Ramm, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2022 Jacob Mozier, 23, who is in school to become a physician assistant, voted for Mr. Bolduc and other Republicans as well. Jon Kamp, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2022 The San Diego team consists of Flint, Goettsch, physician assistant Natalie Pohl, case manager Lydia Holcott and peer navigator Gavin Goff. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Oct. 2022 His father was a financial adviser, and his mother was a former physician assistant. Harrison Smith,, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of physician assistant was in 1958

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“Physician assistant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

physician assistant

physician as·​sis·​tant
variants also physician's assistant
: a specially trained person who is certified to provide basic medical services (as the diagnosis and treatment of common ailments) usually under the supervision of a licensed physician

called also PA

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