May 26, 2021

Statement on PA Name Change

Today, ACEP and EMRA issued this statement in response to the AAPA House of Delegates decision to change their professional title to "Physician Associate" -

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) oppose the title change from physician assistant (PA) to physician associate. ACEP and EMRA believe in physician-led teams and transparency in our training and qualifications. The term "associate" creates confusion and does not appropriately convey to our patients or the public the role physician assistants serve while working under emergency physician-led care.

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