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Physician assistant

A physician assistant (US) or physician associate (UK) is a healthcare professional who practices medicine as a part of a healthcare team with collaborating physicians and other providers. In the United States, PAs are nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine. A certified PA may add "C" at the end of his/her postnominal credentials. PAs are trained with the medical model and complete these qualifications in less time than a traditional medical degree. The educational model for PAs is based on the fast-tracked training of physicians during World War II.

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Physician Assistant not Physician's Assistant

As a future PA it's very important that people understand that the correct title of a PA is physician assistant. There is no apostrophe in the title. I am unable to credit the source because I do not know the original source.

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