What is a PA?
A Physician Assistant (PA) is a member of the healthcare team who is trained, nationally certified, and state licensed to practice medicine in collaboration with a supervising physician in a variety of health care settings. PAs can see patients in a way similar to a physician. They can perform comprehensive physical exams, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and initiate treatment. Additionally, they are trained to first assist in surgery, perform bedside procedures and much more. In Ohio, PAs are licensed and regulated by the Ohio State Medical Board, the same as physicians.