Interview with Amanda Brown

Monica Jakab
March 7th, 2011
Dr. Doark
Professional Interview

Physician Assistant
I have chosen to interview a Physician Assistant because that is what I am majoring as and it fascinates me to discover more about this profession. I interview Amanda Brown, she works in an outpatient clinic in Glendale, Arizona. The following questions are what I had asked her:
o What is a typical day like?
o What kind of problems do you deal with?
o What are the duties/functions/responsibilities of your job?
o What made you become a PA?
o What do you like best about your profession?

1. What is a typical day like for you Mrs. Brown?
I usually work from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Usually, in the morning I review lab and radiology results from the previous day.   And usually we get many walk-in patients which conflict with the scheduling of patients who did have appointments. So, it becomes very stressful sometimes because many of our PA’s work only 3 times out of the week. Towards the afternoon and lunch, I review more lab reports and examine more patients. We get patients with anything ranging from a common cold to physical exams, so basically nothing serious. I also order lab tests and I typically consult patients how to treat their health issues.

2. What kind of problem do you deal with?
Like, I said before, the biggest issue I face is that we are short of staff and that it makes to work place a stressful environment because we always have random walk-in patients and it puts stress on all the doctors and PAs in our office.

3. What are the duties/functions/responsibilities of your job?
Basically taking medical histories, examining patients, ordering and reading results of lab and ultrasound tests, I make diagnoses, prescribe medications, educate our patients how to treat their health issue and treat minor injuries such as casting. We get a lot of children with broken bones.

4. What made you become a PA?
I originally wanted to be a veternian,...