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Last post 06-04-2019, 8:05 AM by Terry Mulhern. 5 replies.
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  •  08-15-2011, 11:12 AM

    Physician Assistant Name Change

    The movement to enact a name change for the physician assistant profession is gaining steam. What's your opinion? Should PAs be known as "physician associates"?
    Michelle Perron
  •  08-15-2011, 4:17 PM

    Re: Physician Assistant Name Change

    Michelle

    As a very near NP graduate (December), I was unaware of the movement of PA's wanting to change their title.  Why do they want to change?

     I think you would have to be careful with using the word associates.  One of the definitions (adj) of associate is "joined with another or others and having equal or nearly equal status."  This as you may or may not know is not the case in regards to the physician/PA relationship.  Then again one of the other definitions (noun) was "a companion."  Are there any other buzz words being thrown around?

    Thanks
    Angela

  •  08-22-2011, 9:33 AM

    Re: Physician Assistant Name Change

    Thanks for your reply Angela. You'll find more information on this topic in our September issue, which will be mailed later this week. The digital edition will be posted for online viewing by this Friday (Aug. 26). Check page 8 for the latest news on the name change movement.
    Michelle Perron
  •  11-16-2011, 11:02 AM

    Re: Physician Assistant Name Change

    Even, I had the same question. Thank you guys for sharing the info.

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  •  01-11-2012, 9:07 PM

    Re: Physician Assistant Name Change

    I did not know that they were wanting to change the name of physician assistant. The title "Physicians Associate" might make people think they are just a different form of doctor instead of a physicians assistant. I think it would cause too much confusion and might not be such a great idea.
  •  06-04-2019, 8:05 AM

    Re: Physician Assistant Name Change

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