physician's assistant


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

called also PA, physician assistant

Examples of physician's assistant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 26-year-old is from New Jersey and is studying to be a physician's assistant. Breanne L. Heldman, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 Idaho's official policy requires candidates for an execution medical team to have at least three years of experience in jobs such as an emergency medical technician, nurse, military corpsman or physician's assistant. Bill Chappell, NPR, 6 Mar. 2024 Because of questions like this, Yocum and her husband are considering transferring their frozen embryo out of state to Hawaii, where her sister-in-law is a physician's assistant in a fertility clinic. Maressa Brown, Parents, 21 Feb. 2024 Connie Sneed, 54, of New Albany, pleaded guilty Thursday in Clark Circuit Court to knowingly or intentionally acting as a physician's assistant without a license, a Level 6 felony. Tony Cook, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2023 Julie Kasem became a physician's assistant. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 4 July 2020 Reeva, who serves as a physician's assistant within the Mount Sinai hospital system, is being treated for third-degree burns at Stony Brook Hospital, per WNBC. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 7 Mar. 2023 Arceneaux was a childhood cancer survivor and former patient at St. Jude who now works at the hospital as a physician's assistant. Caitlyn Buongiorno, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2021 The medical professional can be a nurse practitioner, doctor or physician's assistant with six months' experience in a related field. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of physician's assistant was in 1970

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“Physician's assistant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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