Myra resides in Wamego, Kansas. She completed her schooling at Wichita State University in 2017. Most recently she has worked in Topeka with an Internal Medicine practice. Myra was previously a radiology technologist for 16 years before going back to school to complete her physician assistant training. She has three children and is happily married.
What is a Physician Assistant (PA)?
Physician Assistants are medical professionals who practice medicine in collaboration or under indirect supervision of a physician or team of physicians. PAs work in all areas of medicine and surgery. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that 25% of all PAs work in the family practice setting.
PAs receive a broad education at the master’s level based upon the medical school model. Training includes 12 months of classroom learning and 15 months of clinical rotations in a number of medical subspecialties including family medicine. Upon completing the PA program, graduates must take and pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). They are required to complete 100 hours of Continuing Medical Education credits every 2 years and must pass the Physician Assistant National Recertification Exam (PANRE) every 10 years.
Physician Assistant in Family Medicine Job Duties & Responsibilities
In family medicine, PA jobs involve:
- Diagnosing & treating illnesses & injuries
- Managing patients with chronic conditions
- Ordering & interpreting lab tests
- Performing minor surgical procedures
- Performing physical examination
- Prescribing medications
- Providing patient education