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Physician Assistant Job Description

Summary

Responsible for practicing medicine under the guidance and supervision of physicians and surgeons. Examines patients, diagnoses diseases, determines treatments, and prescribes medication.

Primary responsibilities

  • Provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive healthcare services.
  • Take medical histories.
  • Ascertain allergies.
  • Examine patients and determine reason for visit.
  • Order and interpret laboratory tests.
  • Order x-rays.
  • Treat minor injuries.
  • Apply antiseptics, dressings, bandages, and other wound care accouterments.
  • Apply sutures.
  • Splint and cast broken bones.
  • Record patient's progress and make further recommendations.
  • Instruct and counsel patients on a variety of topics.
  • Prescribe physical therapy and medications.
  • Order medical supplies.
  • Supervise medical technicians, nurses, and assistants.
  • Confer often with supervising physician.
  • Make house calls.
  • Administer inoculations.
  • Order and set up special equipment.
  • Provide surgical assistance.
  • Attend to patients in hospitals.
  • Recommend follow up visits.

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