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Locum Tenens Physician Assistant Jobs-Physician assistants diagnose illnesses, develop and carry out treatment plans, assist in surgeries, perform procedures and guide patients. Jeffrey Katz, president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), says, “I diagnose and treat patients, illnesses and diseases and counsel them on their path to wellness.”
Their work is very similar to that of a general internist or doctor, but they are required by law to practice under the supervision of a licensed physician or surgeon. Often, this supervision is more like collaboration, but there are certain archaic regulations that make life for physician assistants – and their patients – difficult. “To give a real-life example of these arbitrary regulations, in my practice, I can write a patient a prescription for morphine,” Katz explains. “However by law, I cannot prescribe my diabetic patients diabetic shoes.”
“Often the stress comes in when PAs are not able to practice to the full extent of their training, education and ability,” Katz says.
But the profession is filled with rewards that come from helping and treating patients. A 2015 AAPA study found that more than 96 percent would recommend their physician assistant career to others. Katz has worked in the same family practice in Taylorsville, North Carolina, for more than 20 years and has seen generations of families. “It is really cool to see the children of children. … I don’t think there’s any better gift,” he says.
The U.S. is currently facing a shortage of health care professionals, and physician assistants – who are a cost-effective alternative to general internists – are needed to fill the void. From 2012 to 2022, the BLS projects that this field will grow at a rate of 38.4 percent, which will shake out into 33,300 new jobs for physician assistants.
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