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As a Physician Assistant, what jobs are available that involve newborns?

I am a sophomore in Boston and am interested in the medical field. I am pretty sure that I want to be a Physician's Assistant, but would also like to work with newborns as well. Thank you for your answers!

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Hi Fiona,


Neonatology Physician Assistant:


Working under the supervision of a physician, a neonatal physician assistant conducts infant exams, gives vaccinations, explains infant care and development to new parents and performs many other duties. He or she works in various medical settings, including hospitals, medical offices and clinics. It's possible to become a neonatal physician assistant with a master's degree, but more schooling is recommended for job seekers who wish to obtain a specialization.


Career Information
A physician assistant is a trained, certified healthcare professional who works under the supervision of a physician. A neonatal physician assistant specializes in the care and treatment of newborn, premature or ill infants. Physician assistants of all specialties are in high demand, with this occupation expected to grow by 38% from 2012-2022, according to the BLS.


Physician assistants perform exams, order and read tests, take the patient's medical history, treat and diagnose minor injuries and illnesses and can even prescribe certain substances. They report on the progress of patients for the doctor to review. The neonatal physician assistant advises parents or caregivers about the treatment and care of the infant.


Some physician assistants are involved with surgical procedures or may have other responsibilities such as overseeing staff members or maintaining supplies. Laws controlling the duties of a physician assistant vary by state.


A neonatology physician assistant usually works in a hospital setting. Generally, physician assistants work in hospitals, care facilities, medical offices and even in patients' homes during home visits. In some practices, especially in rural and urban settings, the physician assistant is the main health care provider, who confers with visiting doctors about patient care.


Education
A physician assistant must complete at least two years of undergraduate education. Programs are usually offered at universities, medical schools and academic health centers. Health-related work experience is also required. After completing an accredited program of study, physician assistants must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and must maintain their certification throughout their career. Some healthcare professionals, such as nurses and paramedics, may be trained as physician assistants while on the job, but must still meet the same qualifications and certification.


Specialization in neonatal care requires additional training. Some master's degree programs train physician assistants on pediatric care. Others provide training as a Child Health Associate, which includes neonatology, pediatrics and parenting. Also, a physician assistant may complete the clinical portion of his or her training in the neonatal or pediatric section of a hospital to gain experience in that specialty.


In: http://study.com/articles/Neonatology_Physician_Assistant_Salary_and_Career_Information.html


Good luck!

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