PAFT PRESIDENT Posted October 27, 2015 Share Posted October 27, 2015 PAs For Tomorrow (PAFT) recently responded to the Society of Emergency Medicine PAs (SEMPA) organization's letter sent to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). In short, ACEP Now - a publication of ACEP - recently published an article including commentary by Dr. Stack, the AMA President. You can read that article by clicking http://www.acepnow.com/article/ama-president-dr-steven-stack-talks-physician-shortages-and-apps/. SEMPA responded to that commentary with the letter below. Dear Editor,This letter is in response to the article featured in the September 14, 2015 issue of ACEP Now with Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP and Steven J. Stack, MD, FACEP, AMA President.On behalf of the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA), the national organization that represents all physician assistants who practice in the emergency setting, we would like to offer supportive comments and some essential clarification of the PA role in a physician-led health care team.As PAs, we wholeheartedly agree that physicians, by virtue of educational process, training and specialty certification, are the most highly educated and trained clinicians in the health care system. We also absolutely agree with the Truth in Advertising campaign that the AMA has spearheaded. As clinicians, who also have the patient’s greatest interests at heart, PAs by law, statute, and professional ethics, attempt to avoid any confusion or misrepresentation of our role, our title, and the profession. We feel that despite any advanced degree at the doctorate level, it is imperative that only a MD or DO be referred to as doctor in the clinical setting.SEMPA, as the organization that represents emergency medicine PAs, would like to clarify that while we support the term of Advanced Practice Provider (APP) when referring to PAs and NPs collectively, PAs and NPs are two professionally independent groups, each with their own individual unique philosophy, educational/training model, and goals. PAs value being members of a team that provides excellent care for patients, and believe that the team approach serves the patient more completely. For nearly 50 years, we, as physician assistants, have practiced medicine, with physician supervision, as members of a physician led healthcare team. PAs have never sought independent practice, nor do we foresee a change in the philosophy of our profession.In emergency departments across the country, PAs practice in a variety of roles to evaluate and manage patients and are proud of the work we do in emergency medicine. As highly skilled clinicians, we competently evaluate and treat a variety of emergency and acute care conditions with the clinical support and guidance of our supervising physicians and do not aspire to be perceived as physicians.Our professional policies endorse our roles as members of the health care team, which recognizes the physician as the leader of that team, and we will continue to make clear and consistent efforts to communicate our stance, which does not include independent practice.Respectfully Submitted,The SEMPA Board of Directors The BOD of PAFT feels there was an unfortunate lost opportunity by the SEMPA organization to clarify the expanded role that PAs play in the delivery of healthcare services as well as our role in medicine today - a role that has greatly matured and expanded over our profession's existence. The reality for our profession - and all of organized medicine for that matter - is that the healthcare industry will demand many things from us all in the near future. That means that we must have a progressive and enlightened vision of the PA profession beyond the 1970's era of PA practice. The reality is that PAs practice medicine and we do it well. Further, most clinicians with more than a few years of clinical experience practice quite autonomously, even in specialty care, including emergency medicine. A great many of us have the desire to have statute and policy reflect what we really do in the delivery of the quality healthcare services we provide to our patients. There really is no better time than right now to say that to the organized medical community and to advocate for ourselves professionally. First though, it seems we must say those things to ourselves as PAs and enlighten our own. Attached is the PAFT response to the SEMPA President and BOD. To date, PAFT has had no response from SEMPA. Nichole Bateman President, PAFT SEMPA ACEP Response.pdf Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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