Physician associates

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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