What is the role of the physician assistant?

Physician assistants do just as their name implies; they assist physicians in a number of functions, some of which include the following:

  • Obtaining the medical history
  • Examining the patient
  • Recommending therapy
  • Drawing blood
  • Ordering tests
  • Speaking with consulting doctors


Authored By: 
Steven C. Schachter, MD
Authored Date: 
Reviewed By: 
Joseph I. Sirven MD
Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN
Thursday, October 31, 2013