WHAT IS A PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE?
Physician Associates are:
- Medically trained generalist healthcare professionals who work together with and are supervised by GPs.
- Those who provide medical care as part of the multi-disciplinary team.
- Usually have a bioscience related first degree and receive further training as well.
- Those who train for 2 years on postgraduate programmes focusing on general adult medicine in hospitals and general practice.
- Take medical histories from patients
- Carry out physical examinations
- See patients with undifferentiated diagnoses
- See patients with long term conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, COPD)
- Formulate differential diagnoses and management plans
- Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
- Develop and deliver appropriate treatment and management plans
- Request and interpret diagnostic studies
- Provide health promotion and disease prevention advise to patients