Medical Profession Comparison Chart: Medical Assistant vs. Nurse vs. Nurse Practitioner vs. Physician Assistant vs. Family Practice Physician (updated ) *Programs vary, and the following represents averages for each vocation. Category Medical Assistant (MA) Nurse (RN, BSN) Nurse Practitioner (NP) Physician Assistant (PA) Physician (MD) Prerequisite Education None None Bachelor’s Degree in nursing and clinical […]
Archives for February 2012
What it Means to be a Physician Assistant: My Journey to PA-C
For lot’s of people, medicine is a calling. Is it your calling? When I was in college all I could think about was providing healthcare to those in need. I am not sure where this desire came from, but it was something I aspired to from an early age. I remember the excitement I would have when […]
Why Religion and Health Care Shouldn’t Mix–A Contraceptive Conundrum
A good portion of what I do as a family practice Physician Assistant involves counseling women and men about birth control. I have also gone to public schools and counseled junior high school students about puberty and sex. One thing is for certain… the answer to solving America’s health care problems is definitely not placing […]
The PA and Supervising Physician Relationship: 5 Must Haves!
Over my 15 years + as a PA I have had been lucky to work with some incredible physicians. Physicians who get what I do, treat me like a colleague and understand my utility (both to my patients and to the practice). The best working relationships are the same as those that make a great […]