Physician Associates (PA’s)
Within the respiratory team there are 2 permanent Physician Associates who work on a rotational basis between the bronchoscopy service and Ward 107.
Permanent PA’s : Arianna Misacas and Ashley Smith
There may also be newly qualified intern PA’s working within the department at any given time.
Wh0 are Physician Associates?
Physician associates (PAs) are healthcare professionals with a generalist medical education, who work alongside doctors, physicians, GPs and surgeons.
They provide medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team.
Physician associates are dependent practitioners working with a dedicated supervisor, but are able to work autonomously with appropriate support.
What do Physician Associates do?
Physician associates work within a defined scope of practice and limits of competence. They:
take medical histories from patients
carry out physical examinations
see patients with undifferentiated diagnoses
see patients with long-term chronic conditions
formulate differential diagnoses and management plans
perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
develop and deliver appropriate treatment and management plans
request and interpret diagnostic studies (except those involving ionising radiation)
provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients.
Physician Associate Students
As part of physician associate training, PA students also spend time on ward 107 and clinic C during a 2-4 week placement.
During this time the students are expected to attend a variety of sessions within the respiratory department to further develop their clinical skills and knowledge.
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