Gonadometrics Posted November 14, 2011 Share Posted November 14, 2011 I read the forum regularly and have become quite discouraged by doing so. The PA profession has no direction. Every day, someone posts an anecdote about the demise of the PA profession. I believe all of them. PAs are being attacked from all sides. The PA profession is losing ground to NPs, to MDs, to patients who don't want to see someone who isn't a doctor, to practice managers, to insurance companies and to "our" own organizing bodies NCCPA and AAPA. Reading these posts reminds me of Norman Gevitz' work "D.O.s : The History of Oseopathic Medicine" His account of a nearly 100+ year war between M.D. (and Allopathic Medicine) and D.O.'s makes the trials and tribulations of PAs look minimal today. Of course, most of the PAs hard work was done in the 40 plus years before my arrival. My point though is that it appears the PA profession has no plan for its own advancement and survival. There is no unified strategy about the mission of the PA profession. There are many complaints, gripes, legitimate frustrations. However, it does appear that there is no mission statement and sadly, the PA profession has no power, seeks no power and will die without a grip on power. I would suggest that part of the reason for a lack of cohesion among PAs that prevents their advancement against these forces that will destroy the profession is that PA profession is an amalgam of strange, contradictory traits, education and behaviors. Unlike the D.O. or M.D. which were, at least in the early war years, synthetically pure in their own respective regiments, PAs do not carry an ensign that uniquely identifies us and stirs fear in our political enemies. I don't have any idea where the future of the PA profession is headed but I am tremendously discouraged by the current climate that works against us. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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