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Physician Assistant Interview

25 Physician Assistant Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
| Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.

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What is a dependent practitioner, and how do you feel about practicing as one?

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    What is a dependent practitioner, and how do you feel about practicing as one?

      As a physician assistant, you are by definition a dependent practitioner. You rely on your supervising physician to make decisions about your patients. Many PA's are given the liberty to handle a variety of situations with patients, making recommendations similar to a doctor. However, ultimately you will be referring to the doctor on final decisions.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I appreciate the fact that I can rely on my supervising doctor for support when treating patients. I respect the wealth of knowledge they bring to the table and I value my relationship with them. I'm excited about my influence as a Physician Assistant because even though I'm dependent upon the doctor's final say in many situations, I still have some of the same freedoms to treat patients."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "To me, a dependent practitioner is a medical professional who still works under the supervision of a physician. I feel very prepared to work as a dependent practitioner. My education and practicum have both prepared me for the opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have been a dependent practitioner for twelve years now, working with the same two physicians my entire career. I have felt that, as a dependent practitioner, I have been given incredible opportunities to work with brilliant minds in the healthcare industry. I look forward to continuing my PA career with your facility."

      Anonymous Answer

      "A dependent practitioner is someone who works on a team with a physician as a supervised practitioner. I am excited to work as a dependent practitioner with the XYZ team. I am expecting the practice agreement to be a progressive document that with expand with my increased knowledge and skills."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Great answer!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "A dependent practitioner is someone that works under supervision or in collaboration with a doctor. I am extremely excited to take on this opportunity and work with brilliant minds and gain a new perspective on various topics. I love to learn! I have worked as a medical assistant with NPs, PAs, and doctors, and as a CNA under the supervision of nurses. I love having a team that I can count on."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your passion shines through in this response! It's great how your answer came to life, showing just how eager you are for this type of opportunity.

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