physician's assistant

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phy·si·cian's assistant

(fĭ-zĭsh′ənz)
n. pl. physicians' assistants
Abbr. PA A person trained and licensed to provide basic medical services, usually under the supervision of a physician.

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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
http://paprogram.mc.duke.edu/

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