The Physician Assistant's Invaluable Role
Medical Office Today recently interviewed School of Health and Medical
Sciences professor Christopher
Hanifin, MS, PA-C, chair of the Department
of Physician Assistant, about the important role that physician assistants
(PAs) can play in medical practices.
In the article titled "Is There a
Place for PAs and NPs [nurse practitioners] in Your Practice?", Hanifin, who
has been a PA for more than 13 years and has worked in challenging areas of
medicine such as cardiothoracic surgery and emergency medicine, discusses how physician
extenders can reduce pressure on physicians and provide quality patient care.
"The use of PAs and NPs frees up
physicians' time away from routine tasks so that they are able to focus on the
needs of patients who require more complex care," said Hanifin, as quoted in
the article. He later adds: "In many cases, PAs are underutilized.
Physicians are often surprised to discover the scope of services a PA can
provide," noting that, in many states, PAs can perform almost any service that
their supervising physician delegates to them.
With regard to improving patient
care and service, Hanifin comments on some of the specific ways that PAs add
value: "Patients quickly get used to seeing a PA and appreciate decreased waits
and increased access to care."
the full article at medicalofficetoday.com.
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