Physician assistants (PAs) have partnered with emergency physicians almost since the birth of emergency medicine as a specialty.
Terry Carlisle, PA-C, who has worked for more than 30 years as an emergency medicine physician assistant (EM PA), recently sat down with Chadd K. Kraus, DO, DrPH, a physician in the department of emergency medicine at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania, to discuss his thoughts on the evolution of PAs in emergency medicine. Carlisle is an original member of the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA), and in 2014, he was recognized as a diplomat of SEMPA for his contributions to emergency medicine. He retired from his career in the emergency department in August. Here are some highlights from their conversation.