What is the job of a PA?
A physician assistant (PA) is a licensed medical professional who holds an advanced degree and is able to provide direct patient care. They work with patients of all ages in virtually all specialty and primary care areas, diagnosing and treating common illnesses and working with minor procedures.
Do you have to be smart to be a physician assistant?
Basically you have to be good at learning concepts, memorizing info, and taking tests (usually multiple choice). The degree of difficulty is fairly similar to medical school (some would argue med school is harder, but it would also depend on which school you go to).
Is being a physician assistant stressful?
Compared to many jobs, working as a physician assistant is high stress in the fact that the decisions we make on a daily basis will have substantial impact on the lives of others. It depends on what type of environment you work in. If you are in Family Practice or Dermatology the daily stress level is relatively low.