The PA/Physician Team
The physician assistant profession was founded on the concept of team practice. Working in all medical and surgical specialties, physician-PA teams enhance coordination and quality of care.
The team approach is effective because of the similarities in physician and PA training, the PA’s commitment to practice with supervision and the efficiency created by utilizing the strengths of each professional in the clinical practice setting.
Beginning with enrollment to PA school, physician assistants make a commitment to practicing as part of a physician-directed team. A strong relationship among team members is essential to preserve and strengthen the PA profession.
The team approach effectively utilizes the skills of each provider in providing integrated care delivery. As a team, PAs and physicians work to enhance quality of care, access to care and coordination of care.