One thing I love about working at Target is the culture of recognition. It feels wonderful to be recognized for the great things you do for our guests, team, and business. This month that recognition is especially exciting for me as it celebrates my profession, physician assistant. To help spread the word about the profession I asked one of my team members, Jill, to share some additional information on both.
Lexie: What is a physician assistant?
Jill: A Physician Assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor. A PA is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician. At Target, PAs work in our retail medical clinics located in select Target stores providing healthcare to our guests for everything from minor illnesses and vaccines to biometric screenings and sport physicals.
L: How are PAs educated and trained?
J: A PAs education is modeled on the medical school curriculum, a combination of classroom and clinical instruction. The PA course of study is rigorous and intense. Applicants to PA programs must complete a bachelor’s degree with a course load similar to the premedical studies required of medical students. Once a PA student, there are many hours of classroom and laboratory studies. PA students also complete more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in various practice settings which include family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, general surgery, emergency medicine and psychiatry.
Practicing PAs participate in lifelong learning. In order to maintain national certification, a PA must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years. A PA must also take a re-certification examination similar to the way a physician would.
L: What can PAs do?
J: PAs perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling and make rounds in hospitals. At Target Clinic, PAs provided high quality medical care to our guests and team members.
Now let’s take time to recognize!
I would like to recognize all of my PA colleagues for all of the hard work and dedication you exemplify to the healthcare profession and for Target Clinic. Research shows that patients are just as satisfied with PA-provided care as they are with physician care and I think that is AMAZING! Keep up the hard work and thank you for all you do to keep our guests and team healthy!
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