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.

They can:

  • 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

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