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  General Information
The physician assistant is a representative of the physician, treating the patient in the style and manner developed and directed by the supervising physician.
The physician is ultimately responsible for coordinating and managing the care of patients and, with the appropriate input of the Physician Assistant, ensuring the quality of health care provided to patients.
Physician assistants are educated in the "medical model"; in some schools they attend many of the same classes as medical students.
www.aapa.org /geninfo1.html   (1845 words)

Physician supervision requires that there shall be at all times a direct, continuing and close supervisory relationship between the assistant to the physician and the physician to whom that assistant is registered.
The physician assistant applicant shall have the burden of demonstrating to the reasonable satisfaction of the Board that he or she meets all qualifications and requirements for licensure as a physician assistant.
The physician assistant applicant shall have the burden of demonstrating to the reasonable satisfaction of the Board that he or she meets all qualifications and requirements for registration as a physician assistant.
www.alabamaadministrativecode.state.al.us /docs/mexam/7mexam.htm   (9365 words)

 Term paper on Introduction to the Physician's Assistance: Responsibilities and Importance
Physician assistants are a relatively new breed of health care professionals, who are licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of the doctors and physicians.
Although the physician assistants are assistants to the physicians and work under their supervision they perform 80 percent of the tasks of a physician and this is the reason they are often called 'physician extender".
The physician assistant has many responsibilities and performs a variety of tasks, a physician assistant is authorized to conduct physical exams, and he is also credentialed to treat illness and diagnose, order or interpret tests.
www.termpapergenie.com /PhysiciansAssistance.html   (1109 words)

 Physician assistants, nurses and family physicians more likely to care for underserved, study says
According to Grumbach, physician assistants, nurses and family physicians have a history of having an explicit mission of service to the underserved as part of their professions.
However, training programs for physician assistants, nurses and family physicians are in danger of being drastically diminished or cut entirely because of state- and federal-level cutbacks, Grumbach said.
The results were similar for needy urban regions in California, with 28 percent of urban physician assistants, 33 percent of urban nurse midwives and 21 percent of urban family physicians working in shortage areas, compared with only 15 to 17 percent of urban physicians in the other primary care disciplines working in Shortage Areas.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2003-07/uoc--pan072303.php   (586 words)

 ACP Online - Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
In contrast, physician assistants are trained to provide medical care specifically under the direction and supervision of a physician.
Although an undergraduate degree is not required, 60% of physician assistant programs offer this degree or a degree option, and the remaining programs offer an Associate degree or a certificate when a 2-year program is completed (4, 5).
Physician assistant training programs are accredited by the American Medical Association Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation, of which the American College of Physicians is a sponsoring organization, and nearly all states require physician assistants to pass the certification examination of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
www.acponline.org /hpp/physasst.htm   (1944 words)

 Physicians Assistants — Can Specialize or Work in Healthcare Practices   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The future for physicians assistants (also known as PA’s) is expected to be good throughout the next several years.
Each state regulates the extent to which a physician assistant is allowed to practice and exactly what duties they may and may not perform.
Physicians’ assistants are further required to complete a minimum of 100 continuing education hours every two years and re-certify every six years.
www.top-career-resumes.com /physicians-assistants.html   (637 words)

 Athens Orthopedic Clinic Physician Assistants
As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs under the supervision of a physician, assist with physical exams, counsel on preventive health care, and assist in surgery, P.A.'s are trained in intensive education programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
Physician assistants are educated in intensive medical programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
The cases handled by physicians are generally the more complicated medical cases or those cases that require care that is not a routine part of the PA's scope of work.
athensorthopedicclinic.com /physicianassistant   (925 words)

 Physician assistants
Physician assistant programs usually last at least 2 years; admission requirements vary by program, but many require at least 2 years of college and some health care experience.
Physician assistants rank among the fastest growing occupations, as physicians and health care institutions increasingly utilize physician assistants in order to contain costs.
The duties of physician assistants are determined by the supervising physician and by State law.
www.bls.gov /oco/ocos081.htm   (1491 words)

 2005-2006 Bill 4015: Physicians Assistants Practice Act - www.scstatehouse.net - LPITS
A physician assistant is an agent of his or her supervising physician in the performance of all practice related activities including, but not limited to, the ordering of diagnostic, therapeutic, and other medical services."
The supervising physician or alternate supervising physician must be physically present at the off-site location not less than twenty percent of the time each month the physician assistant is providing services there.
Within the two-year period, the physician assistant and the supervising physician periodically shall review this document and the physician assistant's prescribing practices to ensure proper prescribing procedures are followed.
www.scstatehouse.net /sess116_2005-2006/bills/4015.htm   (2380 words)

NRS 630.311 becomes aware that the physician or physician assistant who is subject to the investigation has tested positive for exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus, the committee shall appoint a group of specialists in the fields of public health and infectious diseases who shall:
The purpose of this license is to enable an eligible physician assistant to serve as a substitute for another physician assistant who is licensed to practice as a physician assistant in this State and who is absent from his practice for reasons deemed sufficient by the Board.
NAC 630.410 has disciplined a physician assistant, a physician shall not supervise that physician assistant unless the physician has been specifically approved by the Board to act as the supervising physician of that physician assistant.
www.leg.state.nv.us /NAC/NAC-630.html   (8231 words)

 ACP Online - Governmental Affairs and Public Policy - MedPAC Deliberations on Reimbursement Policies to Surgical ...
The undersigned organizations representing physicians, nurses, physician assistants and practice administrators are writing to express their deep concern about the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC's) recent deliberations over Medicare reimbursement policies for physicians and others who serve as assistants at surgery.
Assistants at surgery do not only provide an "extra set of hands" that are needed for technical reasons during an operation; their problem-solving capabilities may also be required.
These bundling options would require a facility or a physician to split payments with individuals who are not their employees-professionals who, in some cases, may be a source of referrals.
www.acponline.org /hpp/medpac02.htm   (980 words)

 Physician Assistants for Choice
Physician assistants can be part of the solution to the crisis of declining abortion services.
Physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurse-midwives, if trained to provide first trimester abortion, could significantly expand the pool of abortion providers.
This is a critical moment to begin organizing physician assistants to expand our scope of practice and to develop support within the profession for any physician assistant who chooses to become involved in providing abortion services.
abortionaccess.org /AAP/health_prof_org/pa4c/pafc.htm   (330 words)

 Physician Assistants
The occupation of physician assistant (PA) came into being during the 1960's, when physicians were in short supply.
State laws and regulations govern the use of the title "physician assistant" and the scope of PA practice in all but a few States.
Individuals planning a career as a physician assistant should be conscientious and willing to study a great deal throughout their career to keep up with medical advances.
www.exchangenet.com /howto/career/R0416.html   (2064 words)

 Physician assistant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the United States, Physician Assistants or Physician Associates (PAs) are non-physician clinicians licensed to practice medicine with a physician's supervision.
According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants, about 17 percent of all PAs provide health care to rural communities and those with fewer than 20,000 residents, in which physicians may be in limited supply.
Physician assistants (or physician associates) practice medicine [6], perform medical histories and examinations, order treatments, diagnose acute and chronic illnesses, prescribe medication, interpret diagnostic tests, perform invasive and noninvasive procedures, refer patients to specialists when appropriate and first assist in surgery.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Physician_assistant   (844 words)

 New Managed Care proposals   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The PMS is not troubled by an expanded role for nurses and physicians assistants, as long as they remain within their scope of practice as defined by current law, according to McCoy.
And, although the DOH currently allows managed care plans to use nonphysicians in expanded roles in areas of physician scarcity, particularly rural regions, it does not expand their scope of practice to exempt them from required physician oversight and supervision, he adds.
Such a role would allow advance practice nurses—under physician supervision—to be a patient’s first contact, to diagnose and prescribe when encountering an abnormal condition, to schedule tests and refer a patient for nonemergency specialty care, says Rohner.
www.physiciansnews.com /cover/298.html   (1528 words)

 1/31/02 Hearing on OPMC Reform- Panel 7
Some physicians are suspended, some lost their licenses, but with other physicians those actions are not felt to be necessary.
His peers, practicing physicians understand the pressure of his everyday work and are able to measure his actions against the current standard of medical practice.
The statute provides the investigation and adjudication as appropriate of physicians, physician assistants, specialist assistants and unlicensed medical assistants in this disciplinary process but it is silent as to the mandated membership of physician assistants on the board.
www.lymeinfo.net /jan31panel7.html   (4208 words)

 Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants Handle Same Acute Care Activities as Doctors
MLPs, such as nurse practitioners and physician's assistants, had been involved in acute care settings in increasing numbers, but unlike primary care settings — in which they had been shown to produce excellent patient outcomes — their effectiveness in acute care environments had yet to be fully demonstrated at the time this study was proposed.
Each MLP was paired with a physician responsible for a similar patient population or service.
Physicians cared for more of the older, sicker patients than MLPs did and were generally responsible for the presentation and care of more patients on rounds.
www.rwjf.org /reports/grr/023213.htm   (643 words)

 SAPA Home Page
Physician assistants are qualified by graduation from an accredited physician assistant educational program and/or certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Physician assistant practice is centered on patient care and may include educational, research, and administrative activities.
These physicians began the first formal Physician Assistant Training Program, at Duke in 1965.The program was developed, based on a medical model, similar to the way physicians were fast track trained during World War II.
sapa.org   (1573 words)

 ScienceDaily: Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants And Physicians: Who Cares For You When You're Ill?
The presence of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and the debate that surrounds it, is the subject of a new study by Peter D. Jacobson, associate professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and colleagues.
Physicians were also interviewed, most of whom spoke favorably about NPs and PAs, but some did not.
Physician assistants are usually trained by physicians alongside medical students.
www.sciencedaily.com /releases/1999/03/990317164645.htm   (2034 words)

 Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners -- American College of Physicians. 121 (9): 714 -- Annals of Internal ...
Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners -- American College of Physicians.
Physicians is a sponsoring organization, and nearly all states
Quality of patient care by nurse practitioners and physician's assistants: a ten-year perspective.
www.annals.org /cgi/content/full/121/9/714   (1592 words)

 1993-94 Bill 622: Physicians' assistants - www.scstatehouse.net - LPITS
(A) A representative of the South Carolina Academy of Physicians' Assistants has the privilege of attendance at all meetings of the State Board of Medical Examiners (board) and must be permitted to speak to matters affecting physicians' assistants.
However, this representative is not a member of the board and is not entitled to vote.
A nurse practitioner or a physicians' assistant registered by the department pursuant to this subsection may not acquire, possess, or dispense, other than by prescription, a controlled substance except as provided by law."
www.scstatehouse.net /sess110_1993-1994/bills/622.htm   (434 words)

 AAP - Section on Urology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Section may recruit and/or accept urologists and health professionals in a related field (physicians, osteopathic physicians, nurses, research scientists, nephrologists, and physicians assistants) who advance the care of pediatric urology patients but who are not eligible for Fellowship in the Academy.
Physicians currently enrolled in a pediatric urology fellowship, or physicians who have completed a pediatric urology fellowship within the last four years and who are eligible but not yet certified by the American or Canadian Boards of Urology
Nurses, osteopathic physicians, nephrologists, physicians assistants, and other physicians (physicians, osteopathic physicians, nurses, research scientists, nephrologists, and physicians assistants) who advance the care of pediatric urology patients but who are not eligible for Fellowship in the Academy
www.aap.org /sections/urology/member.htm   (962 words)

 Search the Digital Archive Collection: Organizations
Perspective on physician assistant education : the official journal of the Association of physician assistant programs
Position paper on suggestions for the better utilization of physicians by delegation of certain evaluative and therapeutic responsibilities to university trained physician's assistants
Special Committee on the Role of the Physician's Assistant in the Hospital, Correspondence, Raymond, Kinney and Hague
www.pahx.org /archives_themes.asp?theme=Orgs   (1524 words)

 Professional Misconduct and Physician Discipline -- New York State Department of Health
The Office serves as staff to the Board for Professional Medical Conduct which is comprised of some 200 physicians and lay members.
If you have a complaint or need information about professionals other than physicians, physician assistants or specialist assistants, please contact the New York State Education Department.
Disciplinary proceedings for physician's assistants and specialist's assistants
www.health.state.ny.us /nysdoh/opmc/main.htm   (433 words)

 American Academy of Physician Assistants
To view the kinds of information made available to PA employers, visit the AMA’s Physician Profile Service Web page and click on Sample PA Profile.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is the only national organization that represents physician assistants (PAs) in all specialties and all employment settings.
Its membership also includes physician assistant students and supporters of the profession.
www.aapa.org   (672 words)

 Search the Digital Archive Collection: Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification and Licensing
Correspondence from the Committee on Type-A Health Professional Dialectics to R. Reiheld regarding the 1973 certifying examination for primary care Physician's assistants.
Correspondence from Stead regarding the evolution of the Physician's Assistant concept at Duke University
Correspondence from Martha D. Ballenger to Thomas D. Kinney regarding a legislative proposal on the legal status of Physician's Assistants.
www.pahx.org /archives_themes.asp?theme=Credentialing   (1203 words)

 Programs - PA Programs - PA Educational Programs
All PA educational programs are accredited by one body, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), which also maintains a list of PA programs on its Web site.
Potential PA students may apply to multiple programs with a single application through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA), a Web-based application service.
The On-line PA Programs Directory (published by the Physician Assistant Education Association) is a comprehensive listing of physician assistant educational programs in the U.S. This on-line catalog lists addresses, admissions deadlines, course requirements, tuition level, degrees awarded, CASPA participation, and much more.
www.aapa.org /pgmlist.php3   (154 words)

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