physician's assistant


Definition of physician's assistant 

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

called also PA, physician assistant

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Your symptoms will be evaluated by a physician, nurse-practitioner or physician's assistant. Ashley Catherine Woods For Ascension, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Save time and money with virtual health care," 19 Jan. 2018 Later that night, home administrators said, a physician's assistant checked the patients and none were overheated and the building temperature never exceeded 80 degrees. CBS News, "10th patient dies from Florida nursing home that lost power during Irma," 21 Sep. 2017 Patients' temperatures were checked on each eight-hour shift, and for the last time Tuesday evening by a physician's assistant who made rounds., "Officials at nursing home where 8 died say they called Florida Gov. Rick Scott 3 times for help," 16 Sep. 2017 Patients' temperatures were checked on each eight-hour shift, and for the last time Tuesday evening by a physician's assistant who made rounds. Author: Aaron C. Davis, Katie Zezima, Mark Berman, Alaska Dispatch News, "Florida nursing home defends its post-Irma actions, says it called governor," 16 Sep. 2017 Just like in his Robertson Boulevard spa and Youthfill MD express centers, all injections are given by registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician's assistants trained personally by Hopp—or the doc himself. Kathryn Romeyn, Town & Country, "LA Now Has Cars Delivering Botox Injections On Demand," 9 Feb. 2017

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who provides basic medical care and who usually works with a doctor

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