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Physician Assistant (PA)

Introduction

This guide seeks to assist the research efforts and support the clinical practice of Duquesne University Physician Assistant (PA) students. It brings together selected relevant Gumberg Library resources and additional websites.

Some of the links connect to resources that are only available to current Duquesne University students, faculty, and staff. These resources will require your Duquesne University ID number or MultiPass credentials if you are working off-campus.

What is a Physician Assistant?

A Physician Assistant, or a PA, is a health care professional who works in a variety of settings, including hospitals and clinics. They are concerned with preventing, diagnosing, and treating patients' illnesses, conditions, and injuries.

PAs perform a broad range of activities similar to a physician, such as conducting physical exams, assisting in surgery, writing prescriptions, and diagnosing and treating illnesses and injuries. PAs work under a supervising physician.