Patient discussion about assistant

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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?
A1physician 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/
A2Physician assistant is an academic degree that allows it owner to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. The supervision can be direct but can also be very remote and based on telephone.
As a one that is married to a physician assistant I can say its a hard work, but it looks very interesting.

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?
A1it 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.
A2if i'm not mistaken, in "vatterott" college it takes about 10 months.
here is a a list of some schools in the U.S. Oklahome is also on the list :)
http://www.allalliedhealthschools.com/featured/medical-assistant/

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

AChildren 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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