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The nature of a Physician Assistant’s position has many factors affecting it and therefore there cannot be one unifying job description. For example, the numerous accredited training programs allow for differing abilities and qualifications across Physician Assistant trainees, and the industry or area the assistant finds themselves in will differentiate further the job responsibilities.
However, usual medical functions will include, but not be limited to:
And as Physician Assistant has become such a growing and applicable profession, a new development is that the ability to prescribe medication has been expanding throughout state laws. In fact today all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands have enacted laws that authorize Physician Assistants to prescribe medication.
Working under the supervision of a physician, Physician Assistants are themselves certified as health professionals and perform a particular array of duties specified by their supervisor. Unlike medical assistants who work under direct supervision of a healthcare professional, Physician Assistants usually will maintain no direct or even on-site communication with their supervisor.
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