Jason comes to us most recently from the Northport Medical Clinic, a family-owned family practice in Northport, Michigan, where he not only assisted his father, Dr. Michael J. Ziter, with diagnosis and treatment of patients, but also managed the practice and successfully completed the transfer of all its paper medical records into an EMR (Electronic Medical Records) program.
With a BS in biology from Hope College in Holland, MI, Jason completed his PA pre-requisite work at our own FGCU, and then graduated from the Miami Dade College Physician Assistant Program. He went on to earn his Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University. Jason’s medical rotations focused on the field of emergency medicine and included pediatric and psychiatric emergency medicine. His well-rounded experience included rotations in OB/GYN medicine, geriatrics, infectious diseases, cardiology, and trauma surgery.
Licensed in both Michigan and Florida, Jason’s previous medical experience includes tenures in both Naples and in Traverse City, MI. He is certified by the National Commission of Certified Physician’s Assistants and holds Schedule II-V prescriptive privileges, as awarded by the DEA. (Learn more about PA prescribing.)
Along the way he became proficient in Spanish and amassed extensive computer skills, going beyond medical records software into basic programming, design, hardware, and construction of computers. He has recently taken up digital photography and editing.
Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs under the supervision of a physician will assist with physical exams, counsel on preventive health care, and assist in surgery. PAs are trained in intensive education programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Because of the close working relationship the PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training. Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of PAs in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners. To maintain their national certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a re-certification exam every six years. Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for Florida state licensure.
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