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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


A person who provides physical or administrative (e.g., scheduling, follow-up calls, etc.) support to a responsible (e.g., doctor, allied health professional).
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


Provider of subordinate support services to patients under the guidance of a health care professional.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


Provider of subordinate support services to patients under the guidance of a dental health care professional.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

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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

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.

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Until both portions of the course are completed in their entirety, you may not bill for first assistant services.
The first assistant's herb roasted chicken with lemon and chive mash, chargrilled courgettes and garlic jus was equally good.
These have included First Assistant Secretary Corporate Management Division (2001-2003), Assistant Secretary Staffing Branch (1997-1999), Assistant Secretary World Trade Organisation Branch (19961997).
On television, he worked as first assistant and unit director on "Hawaii 5-0." Other film credits include "Rosemary's Baby," "Soylent Green" and "The Last Detail." He retired in 1982.
I took it as an omen, and decided to go to Ethiopia a week ahead of my commitment and shoot some on-location footage." With a skeleton crew of nine, including a first assistant director who was an Ethiopian national working in Hollywood, Blair directed and edited a five-minute trailer (with music, but no dialogue) he has used to show potential financiers the quality of the film he was trying to make.
'Invisible Eden: A Story of Love and Murder on Cape Cod' by Maria Flook is the new book about slain writer Christina Worthington which draws extensively on details from prosecutor and first assistant district attorney for the Cape and Islands at the time of the murder Michael O'Keefe, as well details from ex-boyfriend Tim Arnold and sometime lover, Tony Jackett.
Deborah Davis, the first assistant golf professional at the Charlie Yates Golf Course in Atlanta, is thrilled at the influx of African American women to join the game.
Khartoum, Dec.17 (SUNA) - The First Vice-President, General, Bakri GHassan Saleh met, Monday, the First Assistant of the President of the Republic, Mohammad Al-Hassan Al-Mirghani and reviewed with him the overall political and economic situations in the country.
Marri was the second assistant referee, while Jassim was the fourth referee along with Bahraini Nawaf Shukrallah, the referee of the game and his compatriot Yasser Talft, who was the first assistant, all the four referees had a very good game.

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