An emergency medicine physician assistant is a physician assistant that specializes in treating patients that need emergency care, for example in an ER or urgent care clinic. Physician assistants are medical professionals that are qualified to treat illnesses and make diagnoses, but do not have doctoral degrees. They usually work with a physician.
In the emergency medicine setting, physician assistants treat illnesses and injuries such as broken bones. They evaluate patients quickly and are able to perform treatments under high-pressure, time-sensitive conditions. Emergency medicine physician assistants work with patients and the rest of their medical team to develop a long-term recovery plan once the immediate danger is over.
Like all physician assistants, emergency medicine physician assistants need to have a master's degree from a certified physician assistant program and certification from a national commission. To specialize in emergency medicine, they need to finish a dedicated residency or take a specific emergency medicine training course. Emergency medicine physician assistants earn an average annual salary of $193,354.