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¿Que es un PA?

Definición de PA

PAs son profesionales formados y autorizados para ejercer la medicina. Pueden recetar medicamentos, diagnosticar y tratar afecciones médicas, ver pacientes en clínicas y hospitales, y asistir en cirugía.

Cuál es la diferencia entre un PA y un médico?

Es mejor si pensamos en cómo somos semejantes: practicamos medicina, y tenemos que poseer conocimientos médicos.  (Los datos no cambian según nuestro título ☺️)  La diferencia principal es que los PAs están asociados un médico supervisor debido al los principios de la profesión. 

 

Durante los tiempos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, se reconoció la gran necesidad de incrementar la ayuda médica y hacerla llegar a las tropas mas rápidamente. Con este propósito, un currículo de medicina acelerado fue implementado para crear mas doctores.  Basándose de este modelo, el doctor Eugene A. Stead, (del Centro Médico de la Universidad de Duke,) seleccionó a 4 hombres que ya habían obtenido bastante experiencia médica durante su servicio militar para la primera clase de PAs.  La profesión ya tiene mas de 50 años y sigue evolucionando, pero el propósito original es el mismo: incrementar la ayuda médica y hacerla llegar a donde mas se necesita.

 

Después de la graduación de escuela de medicina, doctores continúan su aprendizaje bajo médicos supervisores en un programa de residencia.  Similarmente, los PAs también continúan su aprendizaje de medicina con un médico supervisor. 

What is a supervising physician?

As mentioned above, physician assistants are trained using a fast track medical school model.  Once doctors graduate from medical school, they are not immediately released to practice on their own.

Para mas información, por favor visite la pagina de la Academia Americana de Asociados Médicos.

PAs are healthcare professionals who are trained & licensed to practice medicine.  They are able to prescribe medication, diagnose & treat medical conditions, see patients in clinics, hospitals, and assist in surgery.

How is this different from a doctor or nurse practitioner (NP)?

It's best to think about how we are all alike: we ALL practice medicine, and we ALL have to be trained in medicine to be good at what we do!  (Medical facts don't change based on your title ☺️)  It is common to have doctors, NPs and PAs within the same department taking shifts.  The main difference is that PAs are all required to have a "supervising physician."

What is a supervising physician?
The PA profession began because PAs are the awesome team players!

Every PA/physician relationship is different based on a huge number of factors including prior training, how long the PA and doctor have been in practice, patient load, and other individual practice needs. When I first graduated, I spent a long time working very closely with my supervising physicians and the other PAs and NPs learning procedures, how to recognize and treat different pathologies, etc. As I gained experience and confidence, I was able to practice more independently.  The definition of supervision varies by state, but ultimately it needs that the doc is available in case the PA needs help.  This doesn't mean they have to be physically present, especially the longer a PA has been in practice.  It's worth remembering that the best practitioners know their limitations and know when to ask for help regardless of the letters after their name. 

There are many advantages to training a PA for medical practices and hospitals including: increased revenue, improved access to care, increased patient satisfaction and safety.

 
 
 
 
 

Para mas información, por favor visite la pagina de la Academia Americana de Asociados Médicos.

PAs are healthcare professionals who are trained & licensed to practice medicine.  They are able to prescribe medication, diagnose & treat medical conditions, see patients in clinics, hospitals, and assist in surgery.

How is this different from a doctor or nurse practitioner (NP)?

It's best to think about how we are all alike: we ALL practice medicine, and we ALL have to be trained in medicine to be good at what we do!  (Medical facts don't change based on your title ☺️)  It is common to have doctors, NPs and PAs within the same department taking shifts.  The main difference is that PAs are all required to have a "supervising physician."

What is a supervising physician?
The PA profession began because PAs are the awesome team players!

Every PA/physician relationship is different based on a huge number of factors including prior training, how long the PA and doctor have been in practice, patient load, and other individual practice needs. When I first graduated, I spent a long time working very closely with my supervising physicians and the other PAs and NPs learning procedures, how to recognize and treat different pathologies, etc. As I gained experience and confidence, I was able to practice more independently.  The definition of supervision varies by state, but ultimately it needs that the doc is available in case the PA needs help.  This doesn't mean they have to be physically present, especially the longer a PA has been in practice.  It's worth remembering that the best practitioners know their limitations and know when to ask for help regardless of the letters after their name. 

There are many advantages to training a PA for medical practices and hospitals including: increased revenue, improved access to care, increased patient satisfaction and safety.

Resources from the AAPA website:

Para mas información, por favor visite la pagina de la Academia Americana de Asociados Médicos.

PAs are healthcare professionals who are trained & licensed to practice medicine.  They are able to prescribe medication, diagnose & treat medical conditions, see patients in clinics, hospitals, and assist in surgery.

How is this different from a doctor or nurse practitioner (NP)?

It's best to think about how we are all alike: we ALL practice medicine, and we ALL have to be trained in medicine to be good at what we do!  (Medical facts don't change based on your title ☺️)  It is common to have doctors, NPs and PAs within the same department taking shifts.  The main difference is that PAs are all required to have a "supervising physician."

What is a supervising physician?
The PA profession began because PAs are the awesome team players!

Every PA/physician relationship is different based on a huge number of factors including prior training, how long the PA and doctor have been in practice, patient load, and other individual practice needs. When I first graduated, I spent a long time working very closely with my supervising physicians and the other PAs and NPs learning procedures, how to recognize and treat different pathologies, etc. As I gained experience and confidence, I was able to practice more independently.  The definition of supervision varies by state, but ultimately it needs that the doc is available in case the PA needs help.  This doesn't mean they have to be physically present, especially the longer a PA has been in practice.  It's worth remembering that the best practitioners know their limitations and know when to ask for help regardless of the letters after their name. 

There are many advantages to training a PA for medical practices and hospitals including: increased revenue, improved access to care, increased patient satisfaction and safety.

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