Physician Assistant Job Responsibilities:
Promotes and maintains health by providing medical services under the supervision of a physician.
Physician Assistant Job Duties:
Contributes to physician's effectiveness by identifying short-term and long-range patient care issues that must be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to deliberations; recommending options and courses of action; implementing physician directives.
Assesses patient health by interviewing patients; performing physical examinations; obtaining, updating, and studying medical histories.
Determines abnormal conditions by administering or ordering diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, electrocardiograms, and laboratory studies; interpreting test results.
Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records.
Performs therapeutic procedures by administering injections and immunizations; suturing; managing wounds and infections.
Instructs and counsels patients by describing therapeutic regimens; giving normal growth and development information; discussing family planning; providing counseling on emotional problems of daily living; promoting wellness and health maintenance.
Provides continuity of care by developing and implementing patient management plans.
Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
Complies with federal, state, and local legal and professional requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
Develops health care team staff by providing information, educational opportunities, and experiential growth opportunities.
Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Physician Assistant Skills and Qualifications:
Health Promotion and Maintenance, Thoroughness, Clinical Skills, Informing Others, Medical Teamwork, Physiological Knowledge, Bedside Manner, Infection Control, Administering Medication, Pain Management, Self-Development
Actually a difficult question to answer because being a physician assistant provides such a wide variety of settings to work in. All are trained in a basic core. You learn how to take a patient's history, how to perform a physical exam, draw blood, start an IV. You learn about basic diseases, lab tests, how to diagnosis the disease, how to read an xray. Basic surgical techniques, pediatrics.
So, if you worked in surgery your typical day would probably consist of rounding on your patients first thing in the morning. Participating in the surgical cases. Rounding again later in the day. Rounding would consist of talking to the patient, checking labs, examining the patient, checking the wound, changing dressings, controlling pain, etc.
Working in pediatrics could consist of being in an office, seeing 20+ kids a day for well baby exams, school physicals, virus', infections, broken bones, etc.
Really there is no typical day, it just depends on your choice of setting.