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VSI Celebrates National Physician Assistant Week

October 06, 2008 in News, Awards & Recognition, Tips,
Posted by Virginia Spine Institute


To recognize the contributions of Physician Assistants (PAs) locally and nationally in providing quality patient care, the American Academy of Physician Assistants celebrates PAs during National PA Week. The week serves to celebrate the significant impact PAs have made and continue to make in health care, expand awareness of the profession and salute the outstanding growth of the PA profession.

Physician Assistants are licensed health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with supervising physicians. Most Physician Assistants have 2-3 years of medical training through a graduate level program in addition to a bachelor’s degree.  At Virginia Spine Institute, all of our Physician Assistant's are required to complete our spinal residency and fellowship programs.  Our PAs receive additional training through weekly educational conferences and the daily practice of medicine.

At Virginia Spine Institute our Physician Assistants:

  • See patients in the office
  • Diagnose medical conditions
  • Order laboratory and imaging studies
  • Prescribe medication
  • Perform injections and procedures
  • Assist in surgery
  • Make rounds at the hospital

“We always honor and respect the tireless efforts of our Physician Assistants, but especially so during PA Week,” says Dr. Thomas Schuler, spine surgeon at Virginia Spine Institute. “PAs across the country do an extraordinary job of helping countless patients every day. This week in particular, we want to spread the word that PAs are integral to a healthy America.”

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