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With the exciting times the PA profession is headed towards (name change, OTP, etc.), do you ever think PAs will have the opportunity to receive board recognition? For instance, FM PAs being recognized by the ABFM, EM PAs being recognized by ABEM, etc. I know PAs are trained as generalists, but for those who have gained a certain level of expertise in their field, a board recognition/certification is a way to demonstrate that to the public. Thoughts?

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With the exciting times the PA profession is headed towards (name change, OTP, etc.), do you ever think PAs will have the opportunity to receive board recognition? For instance, FM PAs being recognized by the ABFM, EM PAs being recognized by ABEM, etc. I know PAs are trained as generalists, but for those who have gained a certain level of expertise in their field, a board recognition/certification is a way to demonstrate that to the public. Thoughts?

It's entirely possible.  The American Board of Sleep Medicine has a series of CME designed at taking PAs/NPs from 'nothing' to 'sleep clinician' in about 12 hours. Will that ever turn into a CAQ or ABSM PA-level endorsement or other recognition?  Perhaps.  @jmj11 has been board-recognized for his headache work, I do seem to recall.

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@rev ronin I was hoping for your reply! Your post in the North Dakota OTP thread was my inspiration for asking this question. I've actually done some research on @jmj11 because I love learning of PAs pushing the boundaries, and he's a legend haha. But I guess only time can tell if PA-level endorsements become reality. Although there is a long list of other areas that PAs need to focus their attention, do you think this is on that list?

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I was once a PA in HIV Medicine and almost took the board (AAHIVM) to get the "specialist" title/designation. The board was the same exam and requirements for all providers (docs and APPs) and I will say that in HIV Medicine there is a unique collegiality that all the providers seem to display. It was a good environment.

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10 minutes ago, vb315 said:

@rev ronin I was hoping for your reply! Your post in the North Dakota OTP thread was my inspiration for asking this question. I've actually done some research on @jmj11 because I love learning of PAs pushing the boundaries, and he's a legend haha. But I guess only time can tell if PA-level endorsements become reality. Although there is a long list of other areas that PAs need to focus their attention, do you think this is on that list?

I think the big driver will be insurance companies and their credentialing processes--if they can make it more difficult for generalist PAs to get reimbursed for services within the scope of their collaborating physician, they will.

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[mention=74874]Joelseff[/mention] we had a lecturer come speak to us a few times on HIV Medicine. His name was Gary Spinner and he was an HIV specialist through AAHIVM, I thought it was awesome!
I don't know him but yes it is a good association. I hope more boards gives us recognition in the future.

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While in my residency I've often wondered what it would take to start an official board just for PAs, similar to how DO had their own board before the merger. There are also multiple boards for certain specialties. EM has board certification through ABEM, BCEM, ABPS, and ABMS. Certainly I've overheard physicians speak about some being more "prestigious" than others. Can anyone just start a board that provides testing and then say those exam passers are now [insert board name] board certified in [insert speciality]? 

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3 hours ago, LT_Oneal_PAC said:

While in my residency I've often wondering what it would take to start an official board just for PAs, similar to how DO had their own board before the merger. There is also multiple boards for certain specialties. EM has board certification through ABEM, BCEM, ABPS, and ABMS. Certainly I've overheard physicians speak about some being more "prestigious" than others. Can anyone just say start a board that provides testing and then say those are now [insert board name] board certified in [insert speciality]? 

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7 hours ago, LT_Oneal_PAC said:

Can anyone just say start a board that provides testing and then say those are now [insert board name] board certified in [insert speciality]? 

Sure. "Board certified" is not trademarked or copyrighted, any more than 'physician' is.  Unless a state limits the use of 'board certified' in advertising to certain, specific boards, you are free to do so.

Of course, one or more of the existing boards could come through and accuse you of deceptive trade practices, but anyone can sue anyone else for anything at any time, for the most part, so there's no real way to eliminate that thread, just reduce it by scrupulously honest marketing.

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