Little known fact!
For most PAs, hearing statements like, “you’re a Doctor” are not as flattering as one may think.
This may come as a surprise to some, but it takes away from the significance of our profession.
Of course, this does not mean I do not respect physicians. I work closely with physicians daily. I received my training from several very well-respected surgeons, pediatricians, internists, infectious disease specialists, ER docs, etc.
However, I am a clinician in my own right!
The PA profession was created to fill a void. In the mid-1960s, as a response to the shortage of Primary Care Providers, Duke University created its first PA class. The purpose of creating this new medical discipline was to increase access to healthcare. We are not in competition with other clinicians, we are here to increase access to care to our patients.
PAs, like myself, are here to serve you!
We are not less than, we are not PAs by default!
We are PAs by choice and proud of that choice every day! We are not a steppingstone to another career. Being a PA is the career you need a steppingstone to achieve.
According to U.S. News and World Report, the PA profession is #3 in the list of the top 25 jobs of 2020. This is the same every year. This is due to the flexibility and versatility of the field, salary, and job satisfaction.
PAs see patients, diagnose illness, treat those illnesses, assist in surgery, and prescribe medications. We provide exceptional care to our patients and many of us are caring for COVID patients daily. Some have sacrificed their lives during this pandemic, to provide extraordinary care.
So, during this PA week, hats off to my fellow PAs. Thank you for everything you do! Thank you for the sacrifices you have made! We may not always receive the acknowledgment we deserve, but the work we do is vital!
We are essential.
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