Health System Physician Assistant Earns Specialty Certification

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Frank Clements, PA-C, of Kingsland, Ga., was recently awarded a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Orthopaedics from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). He earned that distinction by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing an exam in the specialty.

A graduate of Medical College of Georgia, Clements joined Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery, a strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System in 2003. He is one of only three certified PAs in Georgia to earn a CAQ in orthopaedic surgery since the inception of this new specialty credential in 2011.

Clements received Medical College of Georgia's Most Outstanding Physician Assistant Award in 1999.

Certified PAs are licensed and certified health care professionals who practice medicine in partnership with one or more physicians and bring a breadth of knowledge and skills to patient care. Though their role in any particular workplace is determined by the supervising physician, certified PAs can take histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery, perform a variety of procedures, and write prescriptions.

Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery combines the best qualities of a medical practice with the strength and integrated resources of the region's leading Health System, with convenient locations in Brunswick, St. Simons Island, and Camden. For more information, or to make an appointment with Mr. Clements or any of the Health System’s highly skilled orthopaedic surgeons or providers, call 912-262-9961.