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  1. I disagree. The term "doctor" derives from the Latin word "teach" and thus a PhD can have a better claim on the term than an MD/DO. Shouldn't matter what building you are in. Its the medical communities fault for using the term incorrectly. In any case, I am disturbed how Physicians refer to themselves as Dr. Smith, but to RN, NP, or PA, by their first name. I have looked on a number of medical groups websites that list their staff. Physicians are always referred to by their last name. APPs are referred to by their first. This is down right rude.
  2. RNs and NPs are not medical professionals, they are nursing professionals. "Health Care professionals" would be more appropriate but would also capture those that do not practice clinically. https://linkpas.com/nursing-vs-medical-model/
  3. I think first a general title for the person who you would get the appointment with, MD, DO, PA, or NP. I guess the term already used for insurance is "provider". A better name could be used, but we need people to think "I'm not feeling well, I need to go see a Healthcare Provider" as opposed to " I need to go see a Doctor." I like to compare the title issue to what is done in academia. At my college, faculty members were either assistant professors, associate professors, or professors. Anyone who taught a class was generally referred to as the instructor, who could have a title previ
  4. I am burned out as well in my current career as an Engineer, now looking to becoming a PA. Reading this thread is very eye opening and given me a lot to consider. OP, along with engineering degrees, I have a degree in Physics. Its not a very useful degree to actually do physics unless you go on to get a PhD. Most of my physics classmates went on be software developers, teach, or do something completely unrelated to what they studied in school. The one guy I know who did go on to get a PhD in physics ended up being a professional gambler.
  5. I was a legislative staffer and I would suggest trying to customize your letter. Form letters/emails generally get disregarded. At best, they may get counted in the for or against pile. Also, letters or emails from individuals who are not constituents get ignored. If you represent an organization, that would be different.
  6. The short answer, is no, you have nothing to worry about. I'm not a PA, I am Nuclear Engineer who is considering a career change and saw your post. Occupation exposure in any setting is regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Your dosimeter is changed periodically and your dose is measured. Every year, you should be getting an annual dose report. The current occupation dose limits are significantly lower than any dose that has shown any statistically significant impact on heath.
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