American Academy of Physician Assistants in Legal Medicine

29/09/2022por Mentores

Legal scope of practice According to the definition and scope of practice, physician assistants must provide medical care under the general supervision of physicians. Physicians are involved in the clinical responsibility and responsibility for the clinical decisions and actions of their supervised PA. While the roles of the PA and the physician are similar, each has a distinct scope of practice defined by training and qualification. PAs are not permitted by law to comment on the standard of care of physicians. Similarly, physicians are not permitted to testify about the standard of care for physician assistants, but they may comment on their role and requirements as supervisors of PAs. Most states now require PA expert testimony in malpractice cases involving medical assistants. The most appropriate expert is the one currently practicing in the medical specialty of AP involved in the dispute. The American Academy of Physician Assistants was founded in 1968 to create a national professional society that represents all medical assistants in all areas of medicine and promotes the profession in public. The AAPA is structured to provide an accredited constituent chapter for each state, the District of Columbia, Guam, veterans, and each of the uniformed services. The AAPA House of Delegates, composed of delegates from each chapter, is the political arm of the AAPA. The Society of Army Physician Assistants is one such accredited chapter. Visit the AAPA website at

The modern profession of medical assistant officially began on October 6, 1967. This was the date the first class of four students` physician assistants completed Duke University`s PA program. Since that humble beginning, there are now more than 35,000 AM graduates and 96 accredited programs. The profession continues to grow. Physician Assistant Experts can be found at AAPA, the American Academy of PAs in Legal Medicine (AAPALM), an advocacy group supported by AAPA (see, or the PA Experts Network, a legal resource for PA experts in all medical specialties managed by the AAPALM President. AAPALM provides medical training for physician assistants and resources for PAs who wish to become medical assistants. When you visit us for the first time, we encourage you to join us as a member. Your annual membership includes access to our monthly emails and communication articles, as well as training materials and lectures on the scope or standards of practice of the PA and research on PA misconduct. You will have the opportunity to be part of a community that includes the country`s most knowledgeable PAs on medico-legal issues, and the opportunity to be contacted and registered as an expert witness to testify about the PA`s standards of care. More information can be found in our mission statement and on the member registration page.

Physician Assistants practice requirements Physician assistants are health care professionals who are now authorized in all fifty states to provide medical care under the general direction of a medical or osteopathic physician. To be licensed, PAs must complete a program accredited by the Accreditation Review Board for physician assistant training (ARC-PA) (see and pass a national comprehensive board examination conducted by the National Physician Assistant Certification Commission (NCCPA) (see To retain the certification designation, the “C” in PA-C, PA, they must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and receive a pass mark on a national comprehensive examination (similar to the initial certification examination) every six years. As a profession, PAs can trace a similar history back to the Middle Ages. At that time, the name used was barber surgeons. Barber surgeons have been trained through training. During this period of history, officially trained doctors were only accessible to the rich and were entitled to them. Barber surgeons were the itinerant caregivers of everyone else. Other sources of information Another valuable resource for lawyers and anyone interested in the practice of PA is the Physician Assistant Employment Guide. This free and comprehensive manual, which I co-author and edit each year, provides an overview of PA training, certification, licensing, scope of practice, and compensation. Finally, a study recently published by Dr. Nicholson (Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline, Vol.

95, Num. 2, 2009) found that the incidence of PA malpractice and the average amount of payments between 1991 and 2007 were significantly lower than those of advanced practice physicians and nurses. The study examined data from the first 17 years at the National Practitioner Data Bank (see