Physician Assistants

Sean Stucki, P.A.-C

Sean Stucki P.A.-C graduated from Idaho State University Physician Assistant Medicine Program in August of 2002. He has obtained a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Medicine. Before obtaining his Physician Assistant Degree, Sean was associated with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and was trained as a Nerve Conduction/EMG Technician. Sean has been trained thoroughly by doctor’s Max and Brad Root to treat almost all aspects of Physical Medicine.
Sean is originally from the St. George, Utah area, and he currently resides in St. George with his wife Cari.

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What is a Physician Assistant? 

Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs employed by the federal government are credentialed to practice. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and in most states can write prescriptions.

PAs are trained in intensive education programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) .

Because of the close working relationship the PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training. Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of PAs in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners. To maintain their national certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a recertification every six years. Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for state licensure.

What a physician assistant does varies with training, experience, and state law. In addition, the scope of the PA's practice corresponds to the supervising physician's practice. In general, a physician assistant will see many of the same types of patients as the physician. The cases handled by physicians are generally the more complicated medical cases or those cases which require care that is not a routine part of the PA's scope of work. Referral to the physician, or close consultation between the patient-PA-physician, is done for unusual or hard to manage cases. Physician assistants are taught to "know our limits" and refer to physicians appropriately. It is an important part of PA training.

 

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