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Overview: Privileged health care providers who use critical judgment to perform comprehensive health assessments, differential diagnosis, and prescribe pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments in direct management of acute and chronic illness, injury or disease.
- Examines, diagnoses, and treats diseases and injuries; manages outpatient care and clinical services
- Obtains and evaluates medical histories, performs physical examinations, performs theraputic and diagnostic procedures, and orders laboratory studies and radiographic studies as well as other special examinations
- Counsels patients on medical conditions, expected outcomes, family planning, child care, diet, and other therpeutic preventative healh maintenance matters
- Coordinates patient care. Coordinates patient care in collaboration with other members of health care team. Initiates consultation requests to other health professionals.
- May teach residents and students of healthcare and non-healthcare fields at military or affiliated civilian institutions
- For entry into this specialty, graduation from a Master’s degree awarding Physician Assistant/Physician Associate (PA) program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)or its predecessors and acceptable to the Surgeon General, USAF, is mandatory.
- Must maintain a current and active certification by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
- For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Officer Training School Abbreviated. This five-week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.
- Must have minimum of 12-months of hands-on clinical rotations during the last year of training prior to initial graduation.