physician assistant


Definition of physician assistant

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

called also PA, physician's assistant

Examples of physician assistant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So when the water bottle hit her chest and the slur rang out, Danny, a 33-year-old physician assistant, thought of the optimism and poise her grandmother had maintained through her 101 years and counting. Getty Images, National Geographic, "America’s long history of scapegoating its Asian citizens," 2 Sep. 2020 Because the cervix is more open during this time of month (which allows for blood to pass), your risk of infection increases too, Tara Ford, a physician assistant at the Medical Center for Female Sexuality in Purchase, New York, tells Health. Korin Miller,, "What to Know About Period Sex, Including Safety, Benefits, and Tips," 21 Aug. 2020 There is an exception for students in the physical therapy and physician assistant studies programs, who will begin their semester Aug. 31 with a final day of classes Dec. 11. Nathan Ruiz,, "Here’s what Maryland’s colleges are planning for fall 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic," 6 Aug. 2020 Her mother, a nurse, and a man identified in the report as her father, a physician assistant, gave the girl azithromycin — an antibiotic being studied as a potential COVID-19 treatment — as a protective measure, the report states. Frank Gluck, USA TODAY, "Florida teen treated with hydroxychloroquine at home before dying of COVID-19, report says," 8 July 2020 According to the report, Brunton Davis is a nurse and a man identified as Carsyn's father is a physician assistant. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "A high-risk Florida teen who died from COVID-19 attended a huge church party, then was given hydroxychloroquine by her parents, report says," 7 July 2020 The students, bilingual UCR medical and pre-med students and California Baptist physician assistant students, refer to the clinic, which is held the third Saturday of every month, as the Coachella Valley Free Clinic. Ann M. Cheney, The Conversation, "Rethinking what research means during a global pandemic," 26 June 2020 Before politics, Bass' career was in healthcare as a physician assistant, notable experience as the country continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Congressional Black Caucus chair Karen Bass being vetted to be Biden running mate," 24 June 2020 At a follow-up appointment in her surgeon's office in December 2017, a physician assistant seemed thrilled with the results. Virginia Sole-smith, Scientific American, "What if Doctors Stopped Prescribing Weight Loss?," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of physician assistant

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Physician assistant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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physician assistant

physician as·​sis·​tant | \ -ə-ˈsis-tənt \
variants: also physician's assistant

Medical Definition of physician 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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