Illustration of a doctor in an exam room working on a computer

You might hire a physician assistant to:

  • Examine patients and review their medical histories

  • Provide urgent care such as setting broken bones or stitching wounds
  • Diagnose injury or illness and counsel patients

  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe medication, and track progress

Required skills and qualifications
Preferred skills and qualifications
Foundational knowledge in evidence-based practice, epidemiology, pathology, screening, diagnosis, and treatment across a wide range of conditions
At least one year experience in a setting relevant to the sought role
Demonstrated medical competence, which may include passing an exam and obtaining national or local licensure or board certification
Research skills and ability to apply statistical learnings to the practice
Analytical thinking skills to investigate and diagnose patient conditions
Stress management and self-care skills to avoid burnout
Professionalism with excellent communication skills, self-awareness, empathy, and commitment to ethics
Experience interacting with outside healthcare providers and insurers to provide collaborative top-level care
Competence with medical technology and electronic health records (EHR) systems
Flexibility to work overtime, varying shifts, or across locations as needed