What is a Physician Assistant?

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A growing trend among doctor practices and hospitals is to hire Physician Assistants (PAs) to serve in conjunction with, or in some cases instead of, doctors. PAs have been on the rise since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, which recognized them as one of three primary care providers (Physicians and Nurse Practitioners were the other two). As such, PAs have a similar scope of duties to a Physician in many ways, with the primary difference being autonomy. Doctors act on their own, while PAs require supervision.

PAs are able to examine patients, diagnose illnesses, and determine treatment plans. They can even practice in specialty areas. The one thing PAs cannot do is perform surgery; this is exclusive to doctors. So in order to be qualified to perform all of these important tasks, and to be a vital part of the client’s healthcare team, …

Differences Between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist

Millions of Americans seek help from a professional therapist, Psychologist, or Psychiatrist every year. They have needs like grief counseling, overcoming depression, fighting substance abuse, and helping with a strained relationship. Unfortunately, it can be confusing to know who can help you and how that professional will help. If you find yourself in a similar situation, where you know you need help but don’t know where to turn, the first step is understanding the differences between Psychologists and Psychiatrists.


Psychiatrists are Medical Doctors. They go to medical school and have all of the same training as any other doctor. Psychiatry is a specialty for doctors, just as Gynecology, Oncology, or anything else would be. These doctors must earn their M.D., then go through four years of residency in mental health, where they learn how to properly diagnose, treat, and prevent mental illnesses.

Because of the education background, Psychiatrists are …