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The role of the physician assistant (PA) is an important one. The job has challenging, high-level work on par with that of physicians and extends the services of doctors and surgeons. PAs work hand in hand with their doctors; at OrthoCarolina many are paired in teams with a physician and work together in patient care. PAs fill a range of roles, know the protocols of their doctors and operate alongside surgeons.
PAs work in many different medical specialties. By seeing a PA-physician team, not only do patients benefit from increased access to medical care and better outcomes but the physician that works alongside the PA can have greater access to time outside the office and OR suite. Creating a cohesive MD -PA work team means forging a strong foundation from the beginning. Because it’s essential to work closely on a daily basis, a highly effective PA-MD team follows these five habits: