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UK universities to train physicians assistants

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:040396b
  1. Vittal Katikireddi1
  1. 1London

Birmingham University and Wolverhampton University have announced plans to start courses to train the first British physician assistants, in a bid to relieve pressure on doctors working in the NHS.

Physician assistants have existed for the last 40 years in the United States and have been employed to take histories, examine patients, diagnose conditions, and initiate treatments, under doctors' supervision.

Hilary Paniagua, a senior lecturer, is developing the course at Wolverhampton …

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