Want to be directly involved in patient care? Want a career that can be a great stepping stone to other positions if you so desire? A career as a Physician's Assistant might be the right choice for you. There are a few qualities that just about every Physician's Assistant needs to succeed. Read on to find out more.
1.) Keep cool under stress.
As is the case in many positions in the medical profession, you'll need to be cool under stress if you want to be a successful Physician's Assistant. It's a relatively high-stress job. You'll frequently be dealing with patients and family members who are under stress themselves and perhaps in pain. Sometimes, people lash out when they don't mean to. You'll need to be able to roll with the punches and not take things personally.
2.) Be a team player, but know how to work independently.
A Physician's Assistant is a great team player. You'll work alongside other members of the healthcare team, including nurses, doctors, therapists, and case managers. Getting along with your coworkers is key. On the other hand, you'll also want to be a great independent worker. The best Physician's Assistants thrive on independent problem-solving and adaptability. It doesn't mean you can never ask for help, but you should have the ability to think critically and solve problems as they arise.
3.) Be a people person.
At the end of the day, a great Physician's Assistant is a great people person. You'll be dealing with other people most of your days, whether it's with other members of the healthcare team, patients themselves, or patients' family members and loved ones. The ability to get along with a wide range of people, and having a natural sense of compassion and empathy, are great qualities for a Physician's Assistant to possess.
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