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RCSI to host open event for aspiring physician associates

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences will hold an interactive information session for health sciences graduates interested in pursuing a career as a physician associate (PA).

The hybrid event on Friday, 25 March will provide detail of the MSc in Physician Associate Studies at RCSI, as well as the profession more broadly.

Physician associates are highly-skilled healthcare professionals. They provide a broad range of medical services in a wide variety of workplaces. (Including all types of hospital and surgical care, GP practices in addition to community health services).

Supporting doctors as well as surgeons in the diagnosis and management of patients, physician associates are trained to perform several roles. This includes taking medical histories, performing examinations, making diagnoses and analysing test results.

All PA students hold a foundation degree in health science or a science-related area. They also come from a diverse range of backgrounds from healthcare to academia.

RCSI’s Physician Associate Studies programme was launched in 2015. Many of its graduates have played a critical role during the COVID-19 crisis. They work across surgical and medical services, with a number staffing some of the hospital testing facilities.

The fast-paced two-year Masters programme has a balance of theory and practice, in addition to a specific focus on the patient from day one.

The event  can be attended either in-person or online. It will provide an opportunity to hear from the programme faculty and current students. It is to find out first-hand about day-to-day life as a PA student and professional.

Key sessions include:

  • Physician Associates – A Global Perspective
  • Clinical Rotations
  • Life as a Physician Associate Student
  • Interactive Q&A

Register now for this event to learn more about Physician Associate Studies at RCSI – a career that offers the opportunity to provide patient-focused care in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

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