The Physician Assistant Profession
The profession was established in 1965 by Dr. Eugene Stead. PAs perform healthcare services with physician supervision as members of the healthcare team. PAs take medical histories, examine patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and x-rays, make diagnoses, write treatment plans and progress notes, prescribe medication, instruct and counsel patients, and order or perform therapeutic services. They practice in all medical specialties, serve as first assistants in surgery and work in research.
Growth of the Profession
Physician Assistant Competencies
The Physician Assistant Competencies were developed as a joint effort by four national PA organizations to define quality in the PA profession. These competencies are a list of objectives that outline the knowledge, skills and attitudes for successful PA practice and are often used by PA programs to guide curriculum development.
Primary Care Percentage