It's 6:15 p.m. and the after-hours care center is hopping. I've just finished up with the 18th patient of the evening—another youngster with cough and cold—when the nurse hands me the encounter form for the next patient.
So what shall we do with a title that we all agree does not represent who we are and how we practice? I have decided to go with the compromise of using “PA” that was recently developed by the AAPA and let me tell you my reasons why.
Read the first blog in Professor's Corner, a new series from PA Professor Kristopher Maday.
Meet Alexa! A second year PA student from the University of Pittsburgh, she'll be writing about the transition from PA-S to PA-C.
This has been an interesting year for the PA profession. We have once again persevered even though there continues to be misconceptions about our role in healthcare. Scut work aside, we have been able to witness changes in healthcare in 2015.
That distinctive bulge under my rolled-up T-shirt sleeve was a badge of honor, membership in coolness. Old Gold Straights: “Not a cough in a carload. Made by tobacco men, not medicine men.” I was smoking a half a pack a day. I was 14 years old.