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Physician Assistant Studies Program
September 20, 2014

 

 

Physician Assistant Profession Profile

 

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Although PAs usually work in a comfortable, well-lighted environment, those in surgery often stand for long periods, and others do considerable walking. Schedules vary according to the practice setting, and often depend on the hours of the supervising physician. The workweek of hospital-based PAs may include weekends, nights, or early morning hospital rounds to visit patients. PAs may also may be on call. PAs in clinics usually work a 40-hour week. PAs work in almost every specialty in medicine. Most PAs work in either a primary care type setting or in a surgical specialty. PAs are rarely utilized in radiological and anesthesia settings.

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