Alexandra (Alex) comes to us from Sarasota, Florida. Alex permanently relocated to Lower Hutt in 2017 and has already fallen in love with New Zealand. In America, she spent six years as an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant working in Venice, Florida and Manchester, Connecticut.
Alex Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Biology and a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She is nationally board certified through the NCCPA in the United States.
What is a Physician Associate?
Physician Associates are highly trained healthcare professionals who work as part of the medical team.
- PAs are trained under the medical model like doctors and are hired to work as an extension of a doctor under the doctors’ delegation.
- They have existed in the US for over 50 years and are currently working all over the world.
- The PA will introduce themselves and get permission to complete their tasks. You have the right to refuse to be seen by the PA at any time.
- PAs typically obtain medical histories, perform examinations and procedures, diagnose illnesses, prescribe medication, order and interpret diagnostic tests, refer patients to specialists as required, and first assist in surgery.
Because New Zealand is in the early stages of registering PAs as a medical profession, there will be limitations on their scope of practice during the pilot.