By Virginia Valentin, KAPA President
I am proud to say that America’s physician assistants (PAs) are on the front lines of medicine, especially here in Kentucky. PAs practice medicine and are educated in a very similar way to physicians, via an intense graduate–level medical program wherein we are trained to diagnose, treat and prescribe. In rural areas, a PA may be the only healthcare provider on-site, working with a physician elsewhere through telecommunication.
PAs not only treat disease, but also promote health education and disease prevention, which can potentially decrease demand on the healthcare system over time. PAs conduct physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes.
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