PAs are trained in the medical model and educated similarly to physicians.
General roles or functions include:
Performing physical exams and medical histories.
Ordering and interpreting labs and diagnostic tests.
Diagnosing and managing chronic disease and acute illness.
Making referrals to specialists.
Writing patient orders.
Making rounds on patients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and nursing homes.
Performing specific procedures.
Assisting in surgery. Pas cannot perform surgery on their own.
Performing patient education and counseling
Most PAs are trained in a wide variety of clinical and surgical procedures while in school. PAs will utilize only the specific procedures used in the area of medicine in which they are practicing after graduation.
General procedures include:
|“I was always interested in medicine. The PA Profession is a way for me to help others by doing something I’m passionate about.”
Ashley Loftis, Conway, AR
Higher level procedures PAs may be trained in include: