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Ever heard of a physician associate?

Discussion in 'Topics in Healthcare' started by Jack Daniel, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel In Memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    Recently I happened to be on the Bowdoin College health center website and, apparently, PAs are now called physician associates.

    I have to say, if I were a PA, I'd rather be called an associate than an assistant any day of the week. Maybe in time the lobby groups can change PA to mean "Physician Actual". Or, my vote, "Physician Authentic".
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  3. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    There's a great story in the gas forum from a guy/gal who was at a party where an NP was introduced as "Doctor" and didn't correct it. Later, in a group of people, it comes out that she was actually an NP, to which someone of course said, "Oh, so you're a nurse then."

    Sometime tells me that few PAs will choose to utilize this new nomenclature.
  4. ForbiddenComma

    ForbiddenComma Tanned for Bowling 7+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2004
    *paging MacGuyver!*
  5. Blue Dog

    Blue Dog Fides et ratio. Physician Gold Donor SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    That reminds me of something...


    Dwight: And that's why you have an assistant regional manager.
    Michael: Yes it is. Assistant to the regional manager.
    Dwight: [to camera] Same thing.

  6. dilated

    dilated Fought Law; Law Won 10+ Year Member

    Nov 3, 2004
  7. emedpa

    emedpa GlobalDoc 10+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 2001
    Taking an Away team....
  8. southerndoc

    southerndoc life is good Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    We've always called them physician associates here at Yale.
  9. Miami_med

    Miami_med Moving Far Away Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    I'm looking for something to get offended about!!!!!!!:D

    If they called themselves Super Space Aliens or anything else, why would it matter? I am endlessly enamored with the things that people on this site managed to be worried about.
  10. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel In Memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    I neither wrote that I was offended nor that I was worried. However, I do respect the power of language because there is a perceived difference between the meanings of associate and assistant.

    Ask me if I'm worried about my upcoming pathology final, now, that is a definite "yes".

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