What is a PA?

What is a PA?


A Physician Assistant or “PA” is a licensed, mid-level healthcare professional who practices medicine as part of a team with physicians. A PA goes through a rigorous training program and must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam. They recertify every 6 years and re-register their training certificate every 2 years by way of continuing medical education credits.

A PA performs many of the tasks done by their physician partners, including examinations and diagnosis, treatments, ordering and interpreting tests, biopsies, prescribing medications and counseling on preventive healthcare. All physician assistants are associated with a physician but carry their own license. They do not operate under the license of a physician. A PA should not to be confused with a “medical assistant,” who is support staff for the practitioner performing administrative and minor medical duties.

At Chelsea Skin & Laser, Physician Assistants receive dedicated specialty training in dermatology by our Medical Director so you can be sure that you are receiving educated, trained, quality care.

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