The relationship between a physician and a physician assistant (PA) is unquestionably valuable to the patients they treat and the departments they work in, and it can be critical to the delivery of excellent emergency medical care. It is, however, a relationship that is developed and refined with time and effort by both practitioners. The best way to describe that relationship is teamwork. Lynn Scherer, MS, PA-C, and Maria Halluska-Handy, MD, have been teammates at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, for 13 years and describe how this great relationship was developed and is maintained. Ms. Scherer is the EM physician assistant residency program director, and Dr. Halluska-Handy is medical director of the PA residency program and assistant residency director for the EM physician residency training program.
Ms. Scherer: I had already been a practicing emergency medicine PA when I first met Dr. Handy, who had recently completed her residency and came to work at our institution.