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assistant

 [ah-sis´tant]
one who aids or helps another; an auxiliary.
dental assistant see dental assistant.
first assistant a physician, physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, surgical technologist, or specially trained registered professional nurse who directly assists the surgeon by handling tissue, providing exposure, using surgical instruments and equipment, suturing, and providing hemostasis.
occupational therapy assistant see occupational therapy assistant.
personal digital assistant (PDA) a small computer used to organize and easily access information; for example, clinical guidelines can be downloaded to this device.
physician assistant see physician assistant.
second assistant an individual who assists the surgeon or first assistant during an operative procedure by carrying out technical tasks such as holding retractors; this individual does not cut, clamp, or suture tissue. This role may be performed at the same time as the scrub role.
surgeon assistant (SA) see surgeon assistant.

assistant

A person who provides physical or administrative (e.g., scheduling, follow-up calls, etc.) support to a responsible (e.g., doctor, allied health professional).

as·sis·tant

(ă-sis'tănt)
Provider of subordinate support services to patients under the guidance of a health care professional.

as·sis·tant

(ă-sis'tănt)
Provider of subordinate support services to patients under the guidance of a dental health care professional.

Patient discussion about assistant

Q. What is a physician assistant? What are the differences betwwen it and MD? My son want to be a doctor (MD). I think it might be to hard for him. I know that there is something called physician assistant can someone elaborate more about this profession?

A. physician assistant are just like full doctors except they need a MD to sign some of the forms they have.
You can see more about the academic program here
http://paprogram.mc.duke.edu/

Q. In how many months or years can you become a Medical Assistant? Different states is different so in Oklahoma how many would it be?

A. it takes about 2yrs,you can work as a blood bank technologist,cardiologist technologist,cytotechnologist,electroencephalographic technologist,medical illustrator,laboratory tech,records technician,nuclear medicine,perfusion,dr office--you will work with the therapist or dr.with paperwork,an with the patiants. good luck-ps you willl learn anatomy and physiology of the human body. mrfoot56/retired respiratory therapist.

Q. where would i get assistance and guiding how to take care my child who was diagnosed with ADHD?

A. Children suffering from ADHD are usually treated by pediatric psychiatrists/psychologists, so apparently they are the address to turn to - they are authorized to prescribe the necessary drugs and suggest other kind of therapies.

You may read more here:
http://www.apa.org/topics/topicadhd.html

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Wilson's assistant counts for a good deal in this mystery of the Red-headed League.
I had the hint from Holmes that this smooth-faced pawnbroker's assistant was a formidable man--a man who might play a deep game.
From the time that I heard of the assistant having come for half wages, it was obvious to me that he had some strong motive for securing the situation."
I thought of the assistant's fondness for photography, and his trick of vanishing into the cellar.
He shall be taken away- taken away at once," said the assistant hurriedly.
We had a long and uninteresting search for Caprona, for the old map upon which the assistant secretary had finally located it was most inaccurate.
The Assistant Commissioner's delivery was leisurely, as it were cautious.
The Assistant Commissioner cut his hesitation short.
"Very thoroughly - eh?" murmured the Assistant Commissioner from under the shadow of his hand.
But, strange to say, the more numerous and violent the terms of abuse became, the more amiable she looked, and the more seductive the smiles she lavished on the terrible assistant. She moved uneasily, and curtsied incessantly, waiting impatiently for a chance of putting in her word: and at last she found it.
The assistant glanced rapidly at him; the head clerk slightly shook his head.
So I tell you this, most respectable Luise Ivanovna, and I tell it you for the last time," the assistant went on.

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