I recently wrote an article about the topic of rebranding – specifically the attempt by the AAPA to change the title of “Physician Assistant” to “Physician Associate.”
I did not mean in any way to denigrate the noble profession of the PA. PAs are wonderful and talented people who spend long hours dedicating themselves to the well-being and health of others. Especially during this past pandemic, they have stood nobly in places where no one else would stand – caring deeply for others. They undergo very extensive training as well. Chalilah that anyone should every question the capabilities of a PA or their dedication.
I apologize to those who have taken offense. And was wrong for beginning the article with an illustration of something that had happened to a good friend. I realize that the article, the way it was written, could have chalilah adversely affected the reputation and income of some pretty holy people. The community, as well as this author, is in great debt to the PAs who stood at the frontlines protecting our health.
I still feel that the title should not be changed, but that is a separate issue.
I wholeheartedly apologize for any hurt and pain I may have caused and I thank them all for their dedication and service.