A Physician Assistant (PA), is a health care provider who extends the hand of the supervising physician to remote or isolated locations. Physician Assistants provide primary health care services for Canadian Armed Forces members, whether at a Canadian Forces Health Services Clinic, onboard ship or overseas in support of peacekeeping or humanitarian missions.
The primary responsibilities of a Physician Assistant are to:
- Provide primary health care
- Provide emergency care
- Promote health protection and education
- Practice environmental medicine and hyperbaric medicine
- Promote occupational health and safety