What is a Physician's Assistant (PA)?

  • Part of the U.S. health care system since the 1960s, physician's assistants (PAs), are licensed or certified health professionals who provide a broad range of medical and surgical services under the supervision of a physician.
  • PAs can both diagnose and treat illness and injuries.
  • Our PAs work in partnership with our physicians to help ensure that we provide our patients with efficient and effective care.
  • Whenever one of our PAs is seeing patients in the office, during hospital rounds or when assisting surgeries, the supervising physician is immediately available for consultation in person or by telephone.
  • your physician has the ultimate responsibility for your health and welfare.
     

What is the difference between a PA and Physician?

  • PAs and physicians receive medical training in similar ways and often attend the same classes. The primary difference is the amount of time spent in school and in post-graduate training.
     

Can PAs prescribe medications or order tests?

  • Our PAs are qualified to order any medications or tests that are needed for your care.
     

What does the "C" in PA-C mean?

  • This means that the PA has passed the certification exam developed by the National Board of Medical Examiners and administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA).
  • All PAs are certified by the NCCPA
     

At Alta View Sports Medicine, our highly trained specialized orthopedic team includes PAs - health care providers who are trained to practice medicine with limited supervision from a physician. These invaluable orthopedic experts allow Alta View Sports Medicine to function at the highest level.