Physician assistants are found in all areas of medicine, from primary medicine to surgery. They are trained to conduct physical exams, treat patients' illnesses and injuries, develop and carry out treatment plans, provide preventive healthcare counseling, suture wounds, assist in surgery, order and interpret lab tests and write prescriptions.
Pas have received a broad education in primary care with a specific emphasis in the practice of medicine. They are licensed to practice with a physician's supervision. Most physician assistants have received their master's degree in an intensive medical program generally lasting two to three years. After graduation, their education is ongoing through state continuing-education requirements and interaction with healthcare providers.
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