Doctor wins 2014 Alton Memorial Chairman’s Award



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physician’s assistant

The profession’s name is “physician assistant” and not physician’s assistant. Associated Press style, Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act cite the profession’s name as “physician assistant.” If you could correct those errors in the story, I would be happy to share it with colleagues and other contacts.

PAs are nationally certified and licensed to practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories with the exception of Puerto Rico. We are educated similarly to physicians and share diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning and treatments. A PA can perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling, and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes among many other medical services. While a Physician’s assistant is just someone employed by a physician as their assistant and requires no formal medical training.

There are more than 95,000 PAs in the workforce today, increasing access to high-quality healthcare. If you are interested to learn more about the PA profession, I would be happy to talk with you. Thank you in advance for correcting the typos.

Outreach Chairperson more than 2 years ago