What is a Physician Assistant?
A Physician Assistant (PA) is a graduate of an accredited PA program and licensed by the State to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. PA's provide a wide range of services, such as physical examinations, ordering laboratory tests and interpreting results, and prescribing medications. PA's sit for a national certifying examination or "Board" and are retested every 6 years. All of our Physician Assistants are members of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, as well as other professional groups.
Across the nation, it is felt that the addition of PA's to medical practices has improved access to health care service. According to the Association of Physician Assistants in Obstetrics and Gynecology, "patient waiting times are reduced and they have more time for questions, counseling and education. These factors help to increase the level of patient understanding and adherence to medical treatment, which in turn reduces the cost of health care."
When to Schedule with a PA
Many of our patients utilize our PAs as their primary health care providers. They specialize in well-patient care, which includes routine annual examinations, breast checks, pap smears, contraception, and prenatal care. For problem visits, they are in constant communication with our physicians, and will either consult with them regarding any complex problems or refer the patient to the doctor's care.
At Women'sHealthFirst, patients often shift between doctors and PA's, usually because of their personal scheduling necessities. We know you will be in good hands with any provider here.
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