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maybe a dumb question, what does P.A. after DDS/DMD stand for?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by txntooth, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. txntooth

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    this may be really dumb but i can't find it on a search and i was just curious... what does the P.A. after the DDS or DMD title signify?
    i see most dentists use it in their titles...

    thanks!
     
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  3. drpduck

    drpduck Senior Member
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    I believe it stands for Professional Association. Many professionals have the P.A. (lawyers, docs, dentists, businesses, etc.), although how you get involved and exactly what it does is still a mystery to me.......
     
  4. OceanBlue

    OceanBlue HA! I knew it.
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    Gosh...i want to know too...maybe it has something to go with the financial aspect...ie taxes, bankruptcy, etcc????????????????????
    I asked this question before and when I told me the answer....i went lalallalh lah llah lahl....then i fogot!
     
  5. drcase2011

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    doctor of dental medicine=DMD and doctor of dental surgery=DDS. They are both equivalent degrees. The name difference does not really mean anything anymore; it's just a matter of semantics.
     
  6. jim85213

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    That wasn't the question.
     
  7. KOM

    KOM Senior Member
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    Just a sign that too many people ask that Q apparently.

    I've also heard PA used in regards to "Physician's Assistant," but that wouldn't make a lot of sense in this case.
     
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    I tried to Google it, but still couldn't come up with an answer.
     
  9. TexDDS

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    From what I can tell, most dentists with the PA have done a residency.
     
  10. drpduck

    drpduck Senior Member
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    I know several general dentists that have the P.A. after their name. Never have gotten around to asking them what it means.

    I don't think it has anything to do with actual dentistry, but more along the lines of the dental practice being a business. Perhaps something to do with belonging to the local Chamber of Commerce?
     
  11. Go Navy!!!

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    This is what I found on the web:

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    What does PC or PA after a dentist's name stand for?
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    These are abbreviations for the legal terms - Professional Corporation or Professional Association. A PC or PA dentist is one who has incorporated his practice for income tax purposes. These abbreviations have nothing to do with his or her ability as a dentist
     
  12. Cymbidium

    Cymbidium Awesome.
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    I was just going to chime in with this info! A lot of the lawyers I work with incorporate themselves for tax purposes.
     
  13. OceanBlue

    OceanBlue HA! I knew it.
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    Ha! i knew it :D
     
  14. fancymylotus

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    yeah,its professional corp or assoc. my dad is ***,DDS PC and its for tax type stuff.
     
  15. pre-dentalguy

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    Good shot!
     
  16. kappa505

    kappa505 eres tu que mi odio
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    It means professional association. In NM you are required by law to have it to practice dentistry. It is similar to LLC, CORP, ect.
     
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    The abbreviation DDS stands for doctor of dental surgery, and PA refers to a professional association. DDS is the degree held by the dentist, and professional association is a legal term that allows a person to be treated as a business entity for tax purposes.
     

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