Leadership | 06.07.21
Historic AAPA Update
On May 24, the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD) passed an historic resolution affirming “physician associate” as the official title of the PA profession. As the gavel lowered to close the four-day meeting, the resolution became AAPA policy! Updates will continue to be shared with both AAPA members and nonmembers regularly as this implementation unfolds. Given the complexity of title change implementation, until legislative and regulatory changes are made, we advise all PAs to refrain from referring to themselves as physician associates to their patients and in work settings.
We know you have questions about this extremely complex issue. AAPA has updated the Title Change FAQs to address your questions and concerns about the new professional title.
To learn more about the Title Change Investigation study, including changes that will need to be made and estimated costs associated with those changes, AAPA members can access the November 2020 Physician Assistant Title Change Investigation Final Report to the AAPA House of Delegates.