Physician Assistants (PAs) practice medicine as members of a healthcare team with physicians and other providers. They are required to have the same amount of continuing medical education (CME) that is required of physicians. PA’s must pass a National Certifying Exam approved by the National Board of Medical Examiners before they can practice.
The functions of a physician assistant include performing diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and health maintenance services in any setting in which the physician renders care, in order to allow more effective and focused application of the physician's particular knowledge and skills. Medicare and other third-party insurers pay for PA services.
The specific tasks of individual physician assistants vary because of the differences in practice requirements mandated by geographic, political, economic and social factors. For those reasons, education emphasizes didactic and clinical studies which will prepare students to function as a generalist with the ability to expand to more specialized areas.
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There are a number of online resources available to assist in the search for employment after graduation. Here is a list of useful websites to get started: