The next wave: "physician extenders"?

McCabe, David
August 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/28/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 5, p447
Academic Journal
The article presents information on physician assistants, sometimes described as physician extenders. Their existence in Canada can be tracked since the 1950s during Canada's involvement in the Korean conflict. Their work does not require high degrees of medical expertise, yet they absorb some of the doctor's workload. They work under the supervision of licensed physicians. Depending on their responsibilities, these assistants conduct examinations, interpret tests, take medical histories, and treat illnesses. As compared to approximately 63,600 assistants practicing in the U.S., there are about 150 physician assistants in Canada, most of them in the military. About 2 dozen graduates are trained annually by the Canadian Forces Medical Services School in Ontario.


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