The physician assistant often referred to as a “PA” is a licensed healthcare provider. They have become an established member of many healthcare teams. The PA practices under the supervision of a licensed physician and/or a surgeon. Their training and licensure allows them to examine patients, diagnose disorders, and provide limited care. Physician assistants must complete an accredited educational program.
Many of the programs lead to the equivalent of a Master’s Degree. The physician assistant can play an important role on the spinecare team. They may work under the supervision of a spine physician and help provide primary level services in outpatient and hospital settings.
For more information about the role and responsibilities of a Physician Assistant, please refer to the website of the American Academy of Physician Assistants at http://www.aapa.org/.
To locate and learn about physician assistants who are members of the American Academy of Spine Physicians go to the International Directory of Spinecare Professionals. The directory also identifies those who have achieved credentialed status (Diplomate or Fellow) with the American Academy of Spine