What’s the difference between a PA and a physician?

Physician assistants are educated in the medical model; in some schools they attend many of the same classes as medical students. One of the main differences between PA education and physician education is not the core content of the curriculum, but the amount of time spent in formal education. In addition to time in school, physicians are required to do an internship, and complete a residency in a specialty following that. PAs do not have to undertake an internship or residency.

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