What is a physician associate?
Physician associates (PAs) are healthcare professionals with a generalist medical education, who work alongside doctors, physicians, GPs and surgeons providing medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. Physician associates are dependent practitioners working with a dedicated supervisor, but are able to work autonomously with appropriate support.
What do physician associates do? Physician associates work within a defined scope of practice and limits of competence.
- take medical histories from patients
- carry out physical examinations
- see patients with undifferentiated diagnoses
- see patients with long-term chronic conditions
- formulate differential diagnoses and management plans
- perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
- develop and deliver appropriate treatment and management plans
- request and interpret diagnostic studies (except those involving ionising radiation)
- provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patients
Physician associates are not able to:
- request ionising radiation (eg chest X-ray or CT scan)
- provide care or treatments to patients in an unsupervised setting.
Available: Monday – Thursday
Communication skills: understands spoken Lingala
Clinical interests: women’s health
Fatima Mujeeb (f)
Available: Tuesday – Friday
Communications skills: understands spoken Urdu
Clinical interests: respiratory medicine