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Physician Assistant

Overview: Privileged health care providers who use critical judgment to perform comprehensive health assessments, differential diagnosis, and prescribe pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments in direct management of acute and chronic illness, injury or disease.

Position: Officer

AFSC: 42GX

Specific Tasks:

  • Examines, diagnoses and treats diseases and injuries; manages outpatient care and clinical services
  • Obtains and evaluates medical histories, performs physical examinations, performs theraputic and diagnostic procedures, and orders laboratory studies and radiographic studies as well as other special examinations
  • Counsels patients on medical conditions, expected outcomes, family planning, child care, diet and other therpeutic preventative healh maintenance matters 
  • Coordinates patient care. Coordinates patient care in collaboration with other members of health care team. Initiates consultation requests to other health professionals. 
  • May teach residents and students of healthcare and non-healthcare fields at military or affiliated civilian institutions

Requirements:

  • For entry into this specialty, graduation from a Master’s degree awarding Physician Assistant/Physician Associate (PA) program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)or its predecessors and acceptable to the Surgeon General, USAF, is mandatory. 
  • For entry and retention of AFSC 42G1, must meet education and training requirements and meet NCCPA eligibility requirements to sit and challenge the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). Must successfully challenge PANCE within 15-months of entry. 

Training:

  • For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Officer Training School Abbreviated. This five-week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.
  • Must have minimum of 12-months of hands-on clinical rotations during the last year of training prior to initial graduation.