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  • One MD's Take On the Name Change Discussion

    A few weeks ago, ADVANCE posted excerpts from a discussion happening over at Sermo, an exclusive online MD and DO community, about the proposed professional name change from ''physician assistant'' to ''physician associate.'' The vast majority of the physicians who responded to the thread were, to put it mildly, not at all happy. In response, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on May 13, 2010
  • AAPA President Endorses PAs in Letter to the Editor

    In a letter to the editor on May 3, AAPA president Stephen Hanson responded to an opinion piece published on April 10 in The Bakersfield Californian called ''Doctor shortage is first ObamaCare issue.'' The author, Dr. Robert S. Hooker, made a strong case about the looming physician shortage, but failed to mention PAs as a critical part of the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on May 6, 2010
  • Politics and Medicine

    In reaction to the passage of health care reform legislation, Jack Cassell, MD, a urologist in Orlando, Fla., posted a sign on the door of his practice telling supporters of Obama to seek care ''elsewhere,'' according to the Orlando Sentinel. The sign reads, ''If you voted for Obama...seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on April 7, 2010
  • PhD, FNP Support PAs in Team Approach

    In a letter to the editor at the Indianapolis Star, Sharon Sims, PhD, and Marcia Plant Jackson, FNP, state their support for PAs and NPs as part of the team approach to health care:  We struggle with educating enough physicians who are committed to primary health care, yet we don't take the next logical step to look at our resources in ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on March 25, 2010
  • NPR Plugs PAs

    A recent entry in NPR's health blog Shots turns its attention to the growing presence of PAs in current health care reform discussions, focusing specifically on AAPA president Stephen Hanson's appearance at the bipartisan health summit. As ADVANCE reported last week, Hanson stood directly behind President Obama as he pledged to push through ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on March 8, 2010
  • SmartMoney: PAs May Negatively Impact Patients

    In an article in SmartMoney, “10 Things Primary-Care Physicians Won’t Say,” PAs and NPs are not portrayed in a very positive light. In fact, in the No. 3 thing, “You asked to see a doctor but you’ll likely see an assistant,” the magazine insinuates that patients could have a bad experience and even be misdiagnosed if seen by a PA or NP: ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on February 26, 2010
  • PAs Receive Growing Support in Canada

    Physician assistants are receiving support from physicians to assume a growing role in health care across Canada, though some nurses still maintain that PAs are inadequately trained, overly expensive and unsafe for patients, according to an article in The Canadian Press. The article profiles Susi Schoeley, a 24-year-old ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on February 9, 2010
  • Some Canadian Nurses Oppose the PA Role

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario yesterday published a press release detailing its unanimously-endorsed position statement, which “raises serious questions about the level of education and regulatory oversight physician assistants have and how these could jeopardize patients.” The RNAO says that the public will not be well ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on January 22, 2010
  • PA Title Confusion on YouTube

    It's undeniable. PAs have made significant progress in educating the public, but there is still confusion surrounding the PA title and what, exactly, a PA does. An animated video posted on YouTube on December 22 illustrates these misunderstandings in a fictional exchange between two old high school friends. Watch the video here. Do you find ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on December 30, 2009
  • PAs "Provide a Foundation" for Better Health Care

    In the November 26, 2009, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, an analysis of health care spending cites an increase in physician assistants and nurse practitioners as one option for improving quality and efficiency of care. ''Controlling U.S. Health Care Spending - Separating Promising from Unpromising Approaches'' by Peter S. Hussey, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on November 30, 2009
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