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 A Day in the Life of a Physician Assistant

A Day in the Life of a Physician Assistant

April 12th, 2019

Meet Megan, a Physician Assistant in our Center for Developmental Pediatrics Program. Below, Megan describes what a day looks like for her here at Siskin:

“Physician Assistants are Master’s level medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative.  PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality. I am proud to be the first Physician Assistant on the medical team in the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic at Siskin Children’s Institute.  

My job differs from many of my colleagues in other medical specialties.  Due to the nature of our patients with special needs, we spend a significant amount of time assessing the patient, taking detailed medical history starting with mother’s pregnancy, conducting a thorough physical exam, ordering and interpreting lab tests or imaging studies, performing specific standardized tests, all the while formulating a list of possible diagnoses.  Once we have the information gathered, we arrive at a diagnosis.  

At times the diagnosis is challenging for parents.  We do our best to provide up to date information, resources, and referrals to other specialists and therapists to help build a team to support the family/caregivers and child with special needs to help achieve their greatest potential.  If medication is indicated we will discuss the benefits and side effects of the medication and help parents and caregivers know what to expect.  We are available to the parents and caregivers for questions and concerns and follow up as often as needed until the child is stable.  

Siskin is a unique environment in that we have therapists, a psychologist, behavior analysts, teachers, early interventionists, and medical providers all under one roof.  We collaborate well with one another and one of the highlights of this position is seeing how our work in the clinic affects a child’s performance in other areas of their life.  I look forward to serving children with special needs and their families for many years to come.”

To learn more about our Center for Developmental Pediatrics, click here