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a physician assistant who provides diagnosis and treatment of patients under supervision of a surgeon, being able to perform tasks such as history taking, physical examination, assisting at surgery, invasive diagnostic tests, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. SAs are eligible for certification as Physician Assistant Certified (PA-C).
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.