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Physician Assistants
District Of Columbia

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Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

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Currently Employed: 590

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $34.62 - $55.34

Typical Annual Salary: $72,000 - $115,100

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Typical education needed for entry: Master's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients.
  • Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition.
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
  • Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests.
  • Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal.
  • Obtain, compile and record patient medical data, including health history, progress notes and results of physical examination.
  • Instruct and counsel patients about prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance.
  • Visit and observe patients on hospital rounds or house calls, updating charts, ordering therapy, and reporting back to physician.
  • Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.
  • Perform therapeutic procedures, such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and infection management.

tools & technology

  • Hypodermic needle
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
  • Spinal anesthesia kit or tray
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers

  • Internet browser software
  • Medical software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Storage media loading software
  • Word processing software

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