PAs follow patients through their hospital course, their course of treatment in a clinic setting, etc.
PAs can practice in virtually all medical and surgical specialties, provided they are properly trained and supervised. Thus, PAs can assist in surgeries.
A PA must have at least a bachelor’s degree. Although there is not yet a requirement to hold a degree beyond the bachelor’s level, the current trend is for PAs to have a master’s degree.
PA training programs are accredited by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Each state in the U.S. has its own specific licensing and practicing restrictions for PAs. Most states require PAs to pass the certification examination of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
- Physician assisted suicide
- Physician discontent
Dissatisfaction with medical practice. Physician discontent increased substantially in the last quarter of the 20th century. The sources of dissatisfaction included pressures from managed-care systems, the malpractice crisis, aggravation with bureaucratic red tape, and constant time pressures. Nevertheless, most physicians still took satisfaction in their work.
- Physician, family
A physician who is educated and trained in family practice. “Family physicians possess unique attitudes, skills, and knowledge which qualify them to provide continuing and comprehensive medical care, health maintenance and preventive services to each member of the family regardless of sex, age or type of problem, be it biological, behavioral, or social. These specialists, […]
- Physician-assisted suicide
The voluntary termination of one’s own life by administration of a lethal substance with the direct or indirect assistance of a physician. Physician-assisted suicide is the practice of providing a competent patient with a prescription for medication for the patient to use with the primary intention of ending his or her own life. Physician-assisted suicide […]
- Physicians' Desk Reference
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