Physician assistants (PA) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. A physician assistant has finished college and has two years of intensive training in medicine in programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (previously the American Medical Association's Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation). Physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of PA's in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners. To maintain their national certification, PA's must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a recertification every six years. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and in Massachusetts can write prescriptions.
Hand Therapists are either occupational or physical therapists who have a special interest and training in treating hand and upper extremity problems. Our hand therapists have also passed a certifying examination
in the care of hand problems. They are available adjacent to our office to help provide timely and appropriate care. They are experts in splinting and providing treatment that can improve your outcome after an injury or surgery and are a valued member of our team. Work site evaluations and functional capacity evaluation are also available.
To schedule an appointment call 617-754-5618
Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. The designation Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) indicates that the individual is a graduate of a CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) accredited medical assisting program, has passed the Certification Examination of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), and maintains currency of the CMA credential.
Medical Assistants perform clinical and administrative duties within the supervising physician's scope of practice to keep healthcare delivery settings running smoothly. These include recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. They instruct patients about medication, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, prepare patients for x-rays, remove sutures, and change dressings. They interact with the physician and the office staff to make your experience more efficient and pleasurable