Physician Assistant Essay

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Career Paper
Fall 2011
Physician Assistant

Choosing what you will be doing for the rest of your life is one of the biggest and most important decisions you will ever make. A career helps you determine what your life will be like. It can tell you where you might live, what house you can buy, what car you drive, and how much money you make. Of course, when we were five we all had outrageous careers in mind. Whether it was a cowboy or a racecar driver we all wanted to do the unthinkable. As we get older, we become more realistic. I have always been fascinated by the medical field. One day, my mom’s friend told me that her daughter was going to school to become a physician’s assistant. I did some research on it and knew that I was going to be a physician’s assistant when I grow up. A physician assistant can be defined as a a person who “provides medical care services to patients under the supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy” ("Exploration Center"). “They should not be confused with medical assistants, who perform routine clinical and clerical tasks.” ("Occupation Outlook Handbook") A physician assistant has many duties. He or she is formally trained to “provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health care services as delegated by a physician. Working as members of a health care team, they take medical histories, examine and treat patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and x rays, and make diagnoses. They also treat minor injuries by suturing, splinting, and casting. Physician assistants record progress notes, instruct and counsel patients, and order or carry out therapy. Physician assistants also may prescribe certain medications. In some establishments, they are responsible for managerial duties, such as ordering medical supplies or equipment and supervising medical technicians and assistants”. ("Occupation Outlook Handbook") A physician assistant is not the best job for everybody. There are certain aptitudes you must have to be...
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