According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants, a PA is a medical professional who works as a part of a team with a doctor. A PA performs physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab test, perform procedures, assist in surgery and provide patient education.
PAs work in physician-PA teams and are educated in a collaborative approach to healthcare, which improves coordination of care and can improve outcomes. PAs extend the care that physicians provide and increase access to care.
Physician Assistant, Rick Kleinschmidt, at Center for Medical Arts in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery states that,“PAs are important because we help increase access to high quality healthcare for our patients. In this region, it is a much needed role as physician recruitment can be challenging for rural areas. Healthcare access and quality in southern Illinois has improved over the years and PAs have played a vital role in that growth.”
We would like to thank all the Physician Assistants for the dedication and compassion they show their patients today and throughout the year.