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Certified physician assistants: 10 myths vs. facts

October 4, 2019

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As a certified physician assistant (PA-C) who has practiced over 20 years, I am often surprised by the many fallacies that exist, even among physicians, about who physician assistants are, what we can do, where we practice and how we can improve practice operations and profitability.

There are many myths about PAs — the most prevalent being that PAs are the same as nurse practitioners (NPs). Read on to understand fact versus fiction regarding this and other PA myths.

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