While browsing for a medical provider, you may have noticed different letters after the provider’s name. While medical care has primarily been associated with a medical doctor (MD), an advanced practice provider (APP), like a physician assistant (PA) at Schneck Primary Care can help manage your health too.
What Your PA Can Do
Indiana code, area of specialty, and the medical center where they are employed ultimately determine the care that a PA may provide. A PA in Indiana generally has the authority to offer the following services.
What is the difference between an MD and a PA?
A PA is a licensed clinician who selects from many areas to practice medicine. In comparison, a medical doctor (MD) is a licensed physician who also chooses from many specialties. Yet, each occupation differs in educational requirements and capabilities in medical practice.
Both PA and MD students must undergo intense coursework. The duration of their studies differs along with the subject matter. To become a PA, students take about 2 years to complete postgraduate courses in classroom and clinical environments. They may study areas like family medicine, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. An MD takes courses, but their education usually consists of 4 years in postgraduate school. Then another 3 to 7 years in a residency where they research and practice their specialty. Specialization qualifies an MD for more capabilities in practice, like certain surgeries. But, a PA can contribute a lot to patients’ care.