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Physician Assistant - 65D
Physician assistants provide a variety of services to troops that are traditionally performed by physicians. As an officer in the Medical Specialist corps, they play an important role in improving the overall quality of life for Soldiers and their families. Within a physician-PA relationship, PAs exercise significant professional autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.
Delivers primary and specialty medical care with physician supervisionPerforms comprehensive exams and prescribes medicationsCounsels patients and obtains medical historiesInterprets lab tests and xray resultsSupervises combat medics and performs as a medical section/platoon leader Advises on medicallyrelated matters pertinent to unit readiness for missions Functions as medical staff officer at various levelsServes as commander of companies, battalions, brigades and medical treatment facilities
Active DutyBachelor's degree, plus completion of an accredited physician assistant program acceptable to the Army Surgeon GeneralCertification by the National Commission for Certified Physician AssistantsEligibility for board certificationMust be between 21 and 42 years of ageStudents graduating within six months (with a qualifying degree from a U.S. – accredited school) may apply for active army serviceArmy ReserveIn addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.Must be between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)
Job training for the Army Medical Specialist Corps will offer you the unique opportunity to teach, research and learn at various health education programs. You will work in U.S. Army medical centers, hospitals, clinics and field medical units to gain experience in a wide range of practice environments.
Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions Perform under stressApply critical technical and thinking skillsTremendous concentration
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.
Active DutyHealth Professions Loan Repayment, which can be applied toward qualified education loansSpecialty Pay for boardcertified physician assistantsMay receive pay for continuing education
Army ReserveMay receive pay for continuing education and trainingNoncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying serviceTravel opportunities, including humanitarian missions
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