Numbing It Down

Physician assistants have a wide scope of practice, but their training may not always include specialized procedures.

That’s why the Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies augments its students’ experiences by cooperating with other programs in the College of Health Professions. As an example, each winter, students and faculty from the School of Dental Hygiene Studies pair up with physician assistant students to teach them how to deliver injections in patients’ gums.

“Our students do these in the emergency setting, and it is a really cool opportunity to put interprofessional experience into practice,” said Mary Von, director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies.

Likewise, physician assistant students work with the College of Optometry to practice slit lamp exams and with the School of Physical Therapy on safe lifting techniques.

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