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The physician assistant (PA) is a state-licensed or federally-credentialed health care professional who practices medicine with physician supervision. In clinical practice, PAs perform an extensive range of medical services in nearly every medical and surgical specialty and health care setting. Offering many of the services traditionally provided by physicians with rapidly increasing frequency from coast to coast, the profession is poised to internationalize. As part of their many roles in the clinical setting, physician assistants:

  • Take patient histories and perform physical exams.
  • Diagnose illnesses and develop treatment plans.
  • Order lab tests and prescribe medications.
  • Counsel and educate patients.
  • In surgical settings, suture wounds and assist in surgery.

As part of their "Best Jobs in America" 2015 feature, Glassdoor ranked a career as a physician assistant the #1 job in America, with an average base salary of $111,376 and over 45,000 job openings. Likewise, the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a 38% increase in the number of PA jobs between 2012 and 2022, making it by their research one of the fastest growing occupations in the country

As a highly-valued member of the health care team, the scope of an individual PA's practice varies dramatically by setting, specialty, and the responsibilities delegated by the physician.

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