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

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However, an increasing number of states are granting physician assistants more autonomy to increase healthcare access amid the doctor shortage. Maria Clark,, "Why physician assistant is the fastest-growing job in medicine," 15 May 2018 Patients fill out surveys during most of that time; about five minutes is required for a nurse or physician assistant to administer several brief tests. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Geriatric Assessments Could Fine-Tune Cancer Care For Older Adults," 28 June 2018 In Alaska, for instance, there are roughly 78 physician assistants per 100,000 residents, compared with with 24 per 100,000 in California, the commission reported in a statistical profile released earlier this week. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "These health providers are on the rise in California – but demand is so strong they can't keep pace," 25 May 2018 Two emergency-room doctors and two physician assistants will be on the trail, twice the number from last year. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "A year after fatal bear attack, family will return to Bird Ridge for ‘Jack’s Run’," 15 June 2018 As a physician assistant at Ochsner Medical Center on Jefferson Highway, Emilie Thornhill Davis is trained to help diagnose and develop treatment plans, prescribe medication and provide care for patients once they are hospitalized. Maria Clark,, "Why physician assistant is the fastest-growing job in medicine," 15 May 2018 The health care companies all strive to provide same-day service for patients seeking video visits, typically staffing the service with the same nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work in walk-in clinics. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "The doctor will see you now – online. Virtual house calls offered widely in Sacramento region," 22 June 2018 Expanded access to buprenorphine: A controversial House bill would preserve the right of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine. Lev Facher, STAT, "What’s in the House’s bills to address the opioid crisis — and what’s not," 21 June 2018 Medical workers have told him the facility needs an additional doctor and nurses or physician assistants to handle the detainees’ medical care. Paloma Esquivel,, "Federal prison workers protest in Victorville, saying the transfer of detainees creates a dangerous situation," 16 June 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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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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