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What does a day in the life of a Physician's Assistant look like?

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Linda’s Answer

Hi Mireia,
PAs work in such varied practiices that it is difficult to answer this question. Some PAs work in inpatient settings (hospitals). Some work outpatient (group practices, hospital satellite clinics, stand alone urgent care businesses , prisons, collges etc). Some PAs assist in surgery, others see patients every 15 minutes for appointment in an office setting. I hope this brief response is helpdul.
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Thank you so much for your help! Mireia R.

You're welcome. I suppose one way to look at being a PA is that there is variety. :) Linda Tambascio Gibbons

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Jennifer’s Answer

Mireia -

Did you know that you can find out a wealth of information about PA's as well as hundreds of other careers that might be interesting to you in the Occupational Outlook Handbook?

Here's the entry for Physician's Assistant: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm.
In addition to the day in the life of ..., you can also learn more about the education and work environment, related careers, and what the outlook is for the next 10 years.

Wishing you all the best -


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Thank you so much for your advice and for the website! Mireia R.

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Richard’s Answer

I am a radiologist who works with 5 PAs

They spend 1/3 of their day evaluating patients for procedures, completing a history and physical on each patient.

The other 2/3 of the day is performing radiology procedures such as:
Barium studies, like upper gi series or barium enema
Ultrasound guided biopsies of thyroid and liver
CT guided biopsies of lung and liver
CT guided drainages of abdominal abscess
Placing central lines, dialysis catheters and PIC lines.
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