Physician assistants are healthcare professionals who provide patient care as part of a team of medical providers that includes physicians, nurses, and CNAs. They perform examinations, obtain medical histories, order treatments, prescribe medications, diagnose illnesses, order diagnostic tests, and refer patients to specialists.
A typical day in the life of a physician assistant might include:
• Counseling patients on preventative care
• Conducting physical examinations and developing treatment plans
• Making hospital or nursing home rounds and assisting in surgery
• Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests and writing prescriptions.
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