Physician Assistant: Main Duties and Responsibilities (01:10)
Summer Sutler works at Medexpress Urgent Care and is trained similarly as a physician. She obtains medical histories, performs diagnostic tests, and conducts physical exams to procure diagnoses. Physician Assistants help with large patient volumes.
Physician Assistant: Career Beginnings (00:59)
Sutler discusses growing up in a rural community where there was only one doctor within an hour's drive. Being a physician's assistant gives her the flexibility to pursue a medical career and a family simultaneously.
Physician Assistant: Keys for Success (00:55)
Have compassion. No one enjoys being sick and patients are tired, scared, and worried. See every patient as a puzzle piece.
Physician Assistant: Education and Certification Requirements (02:13)
PA's must graduate from an accredited school and take an exam from the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants every 10 years. The license requires 100 hours of continuing medical education be completed every two years. In order to prescribe controlled medication, an individual must be registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Physician Assistant: Workplace Atmosphere (01:20)
Sutler works twelve-hour shifts in an office environment with a supervising physician. Many PA's do travel, but she has children.
Physician Assistant: Advice for Aspiring Pros (02:23)
Do what you love; obtain a strong biology background. PA's see patients when they are most vulnerable. Sutler describes how a patient's daughter thanked her for being so compassionate.
Physician Assistant: A Day on the Job (02:19)
There is no typical day. Sutler works alongside a great team that collaborates well together. The PA reviews charts, makes phone calls, and sees patients; the supervising physician is not required to be onsite, however, a medical doctor is normally present and reviews charts.
Physician Assistant: Industry Goals and Services (01:28)
The medical community treats and cares for patients. Routine physicals monitor cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight.
Physician Assistant: Industry Challenges (01:40)
Challenges include location, availability, and cost of health care. Patients become confused by the title of physician assistants.
Physician Assistant: Looking at the Future (03:11)
The PA profession will continue to grow. Independent nurse practitioners and doctors help shape health care; telemedicine will help treat patients who have no access. Sutler fears that the price of health care is causing family doctor offices to close.
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