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Physician Assistant Job Description Sample

A Physician Assistant, or Doctors Assistant, is a healthcare provider who works under the supervision of a Physician. The primary responsibilities of a Physician Assistant include performing physicals, diagnosing patients, and formulating treatment plans.

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Physician Assistant duties and responsibilities

Physician Assistants perform many tasks that help to improve productivity at a doctor’s office. Duties and responsibilities of a Physician Assistant may include: 

  • Providing support and services within professional teams under the direct or indirect supervision of a Physician
  • Developing rapport with patients and families and providing education
  • Documenting patient care and compliance with quality standards
  • Ordering and conducting medical investigations under the supervision of a Physician
  • Assessing the condition and needs of a patient based on interviews, interactions, and observations
  • Performing selected diagnostic and therapeutic interventions
  • Ordering and interpreting patient laboratory and radiological results
  • Completing any mandatory training outlined by their employer
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What does a Physician Assistant do? 

The main role of a Physician Assistant is to see and assess patients who are in need of medical care. A Physician Assistant is a clinician whose work is meant to extend the services provided by a Physician. In some practices, such as family medicine, a Physician Assistant can see their own patients under the supervision of a Physician. A Physician Assistant is sometimes also responsible for pre-op and post-op follow-ups and facilitating referrals.

Physician Assistant skills and qualifications

A successful Physician Assistant will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications required for the duties performed in this job. Some of these may include: 

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Results-oriented work ethic and ability to undertake tasks needed to accomplish work objectives
  • Proven written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to think critically and solve problems
  • Ability to work well with a team and develop partnerships with multiple diverse medical professionals
  • Ability to multi-task and troubleshoot with creative thinking
  • Excellent work and attendance record
  • Excellent initiative and independent judgement

Physician Assistant experience requirements

For entry-level Physician Assistant positions, look for candidates who have gained Physician Assistant designation, as that will prove they have adequate practical training and experience to succeed in the role. For positions that require a more experienced Physicians Assistant, candidates must have two or more years of previous experience in a Physician Assistant role. Additional experience in other related healthcare positions is also beneficial for candidates.

Physician Assistant training and education

Physician Assistant candidates must have a Physician Assistant designation. There are only four schools in Canada that give the Physician Assistant designation: The University of Manitoba Master’s of PA Studies, McMaster University PA Education Program, University of Toronto (PA Consortium), and the Canadian Forces PA Program. To be accepted into any of the Physician Assistant programs, an applicant will need to have obtained an undergraduate degree, have healthcare experience, and provide letters of references. The two-year program is the same at every institution.

Physician Assistant salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Physician Assistant in Canada is $49,732 per year. The actual salary can vary depending on experience, location, and the company that is hiring.

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Physician Assistant job description FAQs

What should you look for in a Physician Assistant's resume?

When reviewing resumes for a Physician Assistant, look for someone who has experience working in the same environment you are hiring for. If the position is to work with a particular population, like pediatrics or geriatrics, it is important that the Physician Assistant has this kind of experience. In Manitoba, it is mandatory for Physician Assistants to be registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.

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