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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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Les participants qui assistent a plus de 80% des seminaires obtiennent ici egalement un certificat d'auditeur.
Representatives of well-known media firms including Kjell Aamot, former CEO of Schibsted Media Group, Norway; Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO, The Globe and Mail, Canada; Chris Lloyd, Assistent Managing Editor, Telegraph Media Group, UK; Theo Blanco, Head of Sales and Marketing, UNT media group, Sweden; and Martin Dome, Deputy Editor, Nottingham Post, UK took part.
Die teks volg Beulah se transformasie van waar sy 'n persoonlike assistent, oftewel katelknaap, uitsoek, tot aan die einde van die program wanneer sy as beeldskone skynveertigjarige daar uitsien.
Another small appliance Electrolux has shown in this country is the Assistent, the multipurpose Swedish mixer introduced at the Housewares Show in 2003.
Now that all the Qumran texts have at length been made public, Zimmermann, an Assistent of the Theological Faculty of the University of Tubingen, has assembled the passages and devoted to them a comprehensive study to show the different senses in which masiah, has been employed.
Hans-Peter Baum is Wissenschaftlicher Assistent at the University of Wurzburg.
La rencontre se poursuit jusqu'a jeudi apres-midi avec au menu l'organisation d'une cinquantaine de conferences-debats auxquelles assistent plus de 3.000 experts et professionnels algeriens et etrangers.
Ils assistent aux debats, aux masterclasses, ainsi qu'aux ateliers de formation qui se deroulent dans les differents espaces de l'institut francais, lequel abrite l'evenement.
Selon le club de la presse de Dubai, le programme de cette rencontre a laquelle assistent le secretaire general de la Ligue arabe, Nabil Al-Arabi, et le secretaire general du Conseil de Cooperation du Golfe (CCG), Abdellatif Al-Ziani, comprend plusieurs debats ouverts avec la participation de journalistes, experts et specialistes dans les medias satellitaires qui vont examiner les defis de l'industrie des medias dans le monde arabe et l'ouverture sur l'ere numerique.